Western Michigan University's Best Midwestern High School Writing competition invites high school teachers to nominate students whose manuscripts are deemed worthy of submission to the competition. A total of 18 prizes are available to the top-three finishers in each of three categories and two age groups.
- High school freshmen and sophomores
- High school juniors and seniors
As an added incentive, nominating teachers of prize-winning students will receive a stipend to use for classroom resources. Winners will be announced and awards given in March 2013. All winning manuscripts will be published in the The Laureate, the literary journal of the Lee Honors College.
Writing well is a valuable artistic and communication skill often overlooked in an increasingly technology-focused world and a skill worthy of development and recognition. The Best Midwestern High School Writing: A Celebration and Recognition is a writing competition sponsored by the Lee Honors College and the Department of English at Western Michigan University and supported by the Third Coast Writing Project. This competition presents a unique opportunity for young writers to acquire the personal satisfaction and esteem that comes from writing well and receiving public recognition.