Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Mentor Program


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Here is a teen mentorship program I found in the Foundation Center Arts Funding Watch newsletter.

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Young Artists Prize

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (between the ages of 15 and 18 or in grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts.

To that end, YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2015 prize cycle. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, and Martin Scorsese. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists.

Each year up to seven hundred students are selected from across the country as national winners. Each winner will receive a grant of up to $10,000, have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs, and partake in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.

Application materials must be received no later than October 17, 2014. Applicants will receive notification of their status via email by the end of November and written confirmation by the end of December.

Citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2014, or in grades 10-12, may apply. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa are eligible to apply.  YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis, provided the applicant’s birth date falls within ninety days before or after the designated guidelines.


Tall People Scholarship


Here is a scholarship for tall people.


The Tall Club International, TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following Fall.

What are the requirements?

  • You must be under 21
  • You must be entering your first year of college in the upcoming fall
  • You  must also meet the TCI height requirement minimums. (5’10″ for women and 6’2″ for men.)
  • Applications open on July 15th and close on February 15th

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for a TCI Scholarship Award, you may contact a TCI Member Club closest to you for sponsorship.

Or, you may ask for an application directly at

Please include your name, email, city and state in your inquiry.

Internship for Students


Here’s an internship opportunity that was posted on Funds for Writers.

Interns needed for DRIVE-IN Film Festival
New York, NY

On behalf of C.C. Webster (Film ’06), Festival Founder & Creative DirectorDRIVE-IN Film Festival is looking for interns for 2014 season! 

We are looking for at least 6-8 interns for the 7th Annual DRIVE-IN Film Festival. We bring independent film to small towns across America–and support a dying art, the local drive-In.

The 2014 DRIVE-IN Film Festival is a creative not-for-profit, and we are so excited to be continuing this season. The Drive-In Film Festival has screened at many drive-ins, including digital screenings in NY and PA.

Qualities we look for in DIFF interns:

  • Interested in learning how to put together a film festival and/or learning how a non-profit works
  • Self-motivated – most work will be done on your own time and expected to be finished in a timely manner!
  • Team player – each intern will play a vital role in the festival and ideas are always welcome!
  • Interested in: web design, projection, film research, press, programming, fundraising, drive-in outreach, and the DIFF video project

What the DIFF Can Do for You:

  • Provide a unique experience – this is not a “run and fetch coffee” internship! DIFF interns play a big part in putting together the festival.
  • Room for growth – more interesting and specific titles may be given to those who show interest and promise
  • Flexible scheduling – this is NOT a 9-to-5 internship; meetings take place once or twice a week from 10-2pm (lunch provided by DIFF!)
  • Course Credit – interning at DIFF is considered a full-time internship, as we factor in hours you work from home and attendance at meetings.
  • Provide a fun experience as you participate in film screenings, fundraisers, and helping to support a dying art!

Interested applicants should send their resume to


Writing Competition


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Check out this writing competition that I discovered on Funds for Writers. This one is for poets and helps get you published.

2014 MIND MAGAZINE INSIGHT POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION — $10 ENTRY FEE. $300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honorable mentions. Winners will be published in Mind Magazine’s top talent showcase section. All poems submitted will be considered for standard publication.  Submit 1-3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each. Deadline for all entries is August 15, 2014. Winner will be announced in September, 2014. The Mind Magazine 2014 INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition will be judged by award winning poet Michael Spring and Editor-in-chief Rich Norman.

Writing Competition


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This writing competition is for older writers 18 years and up. I know this site is aimed at younger writers but I can’t forget my writers who are 18 years and up. Yes, this is another resource I found on Funds for Writers. This site is worth checking out.

LUMINARTS CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM — Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, be enrolled in, or have graduated from, a degree program, and live within 150 miles of the Union League Club of Chicago. While applicants may reapply to Luminarts programs every year, they are only eligible to receive the award once. However, once designated a Luminarts Fellow you are eligible to apply for a project grant through the Foundation. The Chicago-based organization recognizes the talents of emerging writers and awards five grants of $5,000 to each writer of poetry or prose. Deadline June 1, 2014.

Writing Contest

Listed below is another writing contest that I found on Funds for Writers.
LOVE ON THE ROAD — $10 ENTRY FEE. We’re looking for stories about two people making a connection, whether this connection is platonic, the kind that leads to a wedding, the kind that just leads to a bed, or the kind that leads to a heartbreak. We’re interested in stories about two people traveling together, a traveler who meets someone while on the road, or a person who meets a traveler passing through. Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words and can be fiction or nonfiction.
They must be original and cannot have been previously published.
Deadline July 31, 2014.
We’ll announce the winners in September and award them prizes of $200, $100, and $50, respectively, paid that month.

Writing Contest


Here’s a writing competition I found on Funds for Writers. Funds for Writers is a weekly newsletter I subscribe to. This competition didn’t specify any age limits so it’s worth checking out.



The Elixir Press 2014 Fiction Award

Elixir Press is sponsoring a fiction contest open to all writers writing in English.  Both short story collections and novels are eligible.  The prize will be $2500, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 copies of the book.


  • Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page and on standard paper.
  • No dot matrix unless letter quality.
  • Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • An SAS postcard for receipt of manuscript is optional.
  • Please use a 12 to 14 point font.
  • Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.
  • Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.
  • Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced, paginated, and include a table of contents, if appropriate, and an acknowledgments page, if appropriate.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts should be 120 pages to 500 pages in length.
  • Please secure your manuscript with either a rubber band or file folder.  Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.
  • Friends, students, and former students of the judge or the editorial staff of Elixir Press are ineligible to enter.

The fee is $40

The postmark deadline for the contest is May 31, 2014.

Submit to: Elixir Press Fiction Award

P.O. Box 27029

Denver, CO 80227


Teen Scholarship


Instead of posting another scholarship I thought I’d mention the site that I have found all these unusual scholarship. The site is Sign in  and create an account.

The link below will direct you to a list of weird scholarship.  In my research I also found a site called that also might be useful for all of you who are looking for scholarships. Check out these sites and I will keep a look out for some in the upcoming weeks. Good luck!


Teen Scholarship



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Applicants must:

  •  Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  •  Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  •  Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2020) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:

“We want to know…what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.”

The 2014 I Have a Dream Scholarship winner will be notified on or around April 30, 2014.

Click on the link below.

Teen Scholarship


The Superhero Scholarship


Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2020) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

All you have to do is write an essay that’s 250 words or less for the question below.

“Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?”

$2,500 prize.

The 2014 Sweet & Simple Scholarship winner will be notified on or around March 31, 2014.

Click on the link before to apply and good luck.