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The National Literary Competition is an ASL and Writing competition for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States and Canada.
Students compete as individuals and there are no teams in this competition. Students develop ASL and/or written submissions in accordance with this year’s theme and then register for the competition and submit their entries for consideration. All ASL entries must be submitted as a YouTube link and all Writing entries must be submitted as a Google Doc link. For convenience, the registration and submission form are combined into one form.
For ASL, we have three categories: ASL Handshapes Stories, Storytelling, and Presentation. For Writing, we also have three categories: Poetry, Creative Writing, and Essay. More information can be found in the downloadable Rules and Guidelines manual.
You can submit one entry in each ASL and Writing genre of each category. For example, you can submit an entry for ASL Poetry, Storytelling, and an entry in the Creative Writing genre. However, you can only submit up to one entry per category, so for example, you cannot submit two videos for the ASL presentation category.
For the ASL category, students in the 2nd through 12th grades can participate. For the Writing category, students in the 6th through 12th grades can participate.
You can register as an individual with your parents' help OR you can register with the assistance of a teacher/ASL specialist at your school.
No! There are no expenses for participants.
The NLC is split into two parts, middle and high school students submit their entries in the Fall, while elementary school students submit their entries in the Spring. For the exact dates, check out the timeline in the NLC Resources Center.
Check out our Rules and Guidelines manual by clicking the button below:
Rules and Guidelines
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