Joshua Gordon, an eighth grade student at Birchwood School of Hawken received First Class distinction for his writing "Only a Game" and was recognized as a 2023 Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
This year, schools nominated 146 students to participate in the Promising Young Writers Program. Of those, 56 were selected to receive the First Class designation, 58 received the Superior designation, 27 received the Excellent designation, and 5 received the Merit designation. Students had to submit original works based on the prompt: Revision as Life: Ourselves, Worlds, and Perceptions Two to three independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories, Canada, and American schools abroad are eligible to nominate students.