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There are many local and national contests and competitions that homeschoolers can enter. Online quizzes are a good way to brush up or learn something new. There are also links to getting YOUR work published.

Art

Check out the listings at Buzzle.com.

Doodle 4 Google

Design a new logo for Google. Full info at Doodle 4 Google. Open to kids K-12, deadline mid-March. Although it says "only schools may submit," on the Registration page there's a place for homeschoolers too.

Arbor Day National Poster Competition

Poster competition for fifth-graders on the subject Trees are Terrific ... Inside and Out. Free lesson plans and materials

  • Stone Soup publishes writing and art by children.
  • ZigZagZine is an online magazine for kids created by a homeschooled kid.

Math

Online Math League

  • Age Range: Grades 2 - 12
  • Deadline: Three contests per year: November, January, March
  • Online Math League information includes sample tests.
  • Brief Description: Develops problem-solving abilities through the use of higher-level and multi-step questions. Individuals can register for $25, covering three contests.

Math Olympiads


Playwriting

Write a Play!

  • Age Range: categories for elementary, middle, and high school
  • Deadline:various
  • Competition information, with lists of regional competitions
  • Brief Description: Write a play. All entrants receive a Certificate of Merit, a written evaluation of the play, and an invitation to the annual Awards Ceremony.

Poetry

Other Poetry


Science

Check out Science Buddies for science fair ideas and such useful information as how to find a mentor. Also look at Science Fairs.

Exploravision

  • Brief Description: Encourages students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future.
  • Deadline: end of January
  • Exploravision information
  • Brief Description: Encourages students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

  • Age Range: 9 to 14 (16 outside of the U.S. and Canada)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) information
  • Brief Description: FLL is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids.

Online Science League

  • Age Range: Grades 3 - 8
  • Deadline: Three contests per year: November, January, March
  • Online Science League information includes sample tests.
  • Brief Description: Dedicated to helping students learn to love science . Individuals can register for $25, covering three contests.

Social Studies

Online Social Studies League

  • Age Range: Grades 2 - 12
  • Deadline: Three contests per year: November, January, March
  • Online Social Studies League information includes sample tests.
  • Brief Description: Dedicated to helping students learn to love social studies. Individuals can register for $25, covering three contests.

Writing

  • Merlyn's Pen publishes fiction, essays, and poems by teens and also lists some contests.
  • PBS Kids Go Writing Contest: For stories written and illustrated by kids in K-3. The contest runs every year from January March.
  • The deadline for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is in January, with categories in writing and art, for grades 7-12.
  • Stone Soup publishes writing and art by children.
  • ZigZagZine is an online magazine for kids created by a homeschooled kid.

Websites listing competitions and quizzes