The Pulitzer Center offers two annual writing contests for students and year-round workshops that engage students in journalism skills, media literacy, civic engagement, and creative writing projects.


We invite K–12 students worldwide to participate in our annual contests: the Fighting Words poetry contest in the spring, and Local Letters for Global Change in the fall. We offer lesson plans and workshops to prepare for the contests, plus prizes, publication, and performance opportunities to winners.

Local Letters for Global Change

Fighting Words Poetry Contest


Our staff and journalist-grantees are available to facilitate free, virtual workshops for K–12 students that use underreported global news to teach media literacy, writing, photography, research, journalism ethics, and more. We also offer workshops that prepare students to craft strong entries for our annual contests. Use the form below to connect with a member of the K–12 team, who can share existing workshop topics or support the development of a customized workshop.

Request a Workshop for Students