Teen Writing Competition


Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship


This is a great writing competition for all you Walking Dead fans. This scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

This is the prompt.

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
“Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you would hide and the top five things you would bring with you to stay alive.”

Be creative and have fun with this one.

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Teen Writing Competition



Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest

Contest is open to undergraduate students of any major in good academic standing and graduating high school seniors. Applicant must submit either fiction or nonfiction about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern.
Amount: Up to $400
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Teen Writing Competition


William-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest

This is for all you beach lovers. This essay contest is for high school seniors in good academic standing. I am not sure what that really means but it was included in the contest guidelines. All you have to do for this competition is  either fiction or nonfiction about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern.


Good luck and have fun!
Prize: Up to $400
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Teen Scholarship


College Jumpstart Scholarship


Here’s a great scholarship for essay writing competition. $1000 prize try it.

Personal Statement

Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less.

(1) What are your educational goals?
(2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
(3) Write about a time when “hard work” paid off.
(4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 17, 2016
Description: Scholarship is open to students in 10th through 12th grades, college students, and non-traditional students. Applicant must submit a short essay.

Teen Writing Prompt 745


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Yes I am sharing my summer picture with you. I took this picture at Island Beach State Park. To get to the beach you have to drive on this back road. On both sides of the road are trees, brush, and dunes beyond the road.

When I am at the beach I get so many ideas for stories. Imagine yourself sitting on the beach. You hear the waves roll up onto the shore. You smell the salt air. The sun beats down on you.

Now these birds were pretty aggressive. They’ll actually dig through your bags and take your food it you’re not careful.

Write a story about this bird and your encounter with him. He doesn’t have to be tame. He could be evil just like the birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds. 

Be creative and have fun. Again don;t over edit yourself with the first draft just allow your writing to flow.


Writing Competition for Screenwriters


L.A. Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition


The LA Comedy festival is looking for screenwriters. For this competition they are accepting shorts, features, TV Pilots, Web Series, Film Sketch Comedy and Animation.

There are awards for best feature length screenplay, short and TV Pilots. Since it’s in LA it’s a great way to get exposure. Check out the website for more information.



Deadline September 9; September 23

Fee: $30-$75.


Writing Competitions


The Dogwood’s Literary Prize is coming up.This competition is for writers who write short stories, essays, and poems. You can submit no more than three poems that are no longer than 10 pages and up to 22 pages of prose.It has a nice prize and it here are the some of the submission requirements.

This is prize not limited to teens.


Go to https://dogwoodliterary.com/ for more information and good luck!

September 5th deadline

Fee: $10

Prize: $1000


Young Arts Competition


Young Arts Competition

This is a great competition for students in any discipline of the arts. The prize and perks are great. This prize is sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the ArtsA friend of mine won and was flown to Miami for a week and put up in a hotel. Young Arts took care of everything. He had the opportunity to get mentored by three photographers. ( Photography was his area but this one is for writers too.)

Plus he won $1000. His parents told me that this will change his life and it will. Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist took part in this amazing program and now are its mentors. I know I have posted about this one so this is your reminder. Good luck!!!


Prize: Up to $10,000
Deadline : October 14, 2016
Description: Program is open to young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. There is a $35 application fee, but fee waivers are available to qualified applicants.

Teen Writing Prompt 744



Is it the story of the characters that keep you interested in a story? I have read books with a fantastic premise but I didn’t care about the characters. I have also read stories with great characters but the story just wasn’t there.

Okay, here we go. Here is a picture of your protagonist. What does this picture tell you about him? What’s his story?