The National Literary Competition is an ASL and Writing competition for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States and Canada.
The NLC was established in 2016 after a 6 year hiatus when it was formerly known as the Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and ASL competition. Gallaudet's Youth Programs and Phi Kappa Zeta are working together to put on this competition to further the development of ASL and English; promote creativity and originality in the use of ASL and English; and to foster a sense of pride in ASL among deaf and hard of hearing students.
Submissions and registration is done entirely online. The link to register/submit for the NLC competition can be found on the NLC front page. Students compete as individuals and there are no teams in this competition.
For ASL, we have three categories: ASL Poetry, 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 genre of each category. For example, you can submit an entry for ASL Poetry, Storytelling, and an entry in the Creative Writing genre.
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.
See the Rules and Guidelines manual in the NLC Resources Center.
You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.