Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition

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The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition deadline is approaching. The deadlines vary but deadlines usually fall mid-December. This competition is for students ages 12-18 years old. The competition is open to writers, filmmakers, and artists. A list of the categories is posted below.

Go to http://www.artandwriting.org for more information.

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Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Critical Essay and Humor Submissions)

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I decided to combine these two categories because the deadline is approaching.

Humor

“Writing that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity,  comedic anecdote, etc.”

Word Limit: 500–3,000 words

Critical Essay

“Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.” You must cite your sources. Don’t worry footnotes won’t be considered part of your word count. 

Word Limit: 500–3,000 words.

Deadline: December 5, 2018, for New Jersey residents. Check https://www.artandwriting.org for more information.

Prize: Gold, Silver, and Bronze keys and medals, your work published, and lots of bragging writes!

Teen Writing Prompt 803

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Write a 400 word short story that includes the following:

  • Four friends who are very different from each other.
  • A mode of transportation for example bikes, a plane, car, skateboard etc.
  • A quest
  • A secret place
  • A crazy parent

Be creative and have some fun.

Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition (Flash Fiction Submissions)

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Flash Fiction stories are very short. Writers writing short fiction really need to be creative and find a way to get to the point while still discovering a way to make the journey fun and interesting.

Limits Maximum 1,000 words

Deadline: December 5, 2018, if you live in New Jersey. If not check http://www.artandwriting.org for more information.

Prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze keys and medals, your work published, and bragging rights!

Teen Writing Competition

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I know this one has a March deadline but it’s awesome competition so why not get a head start? 

You could win a trip to Washington DC, $2,500 in cash and full scholarship for a Semester at sea. You’ll have an educational experience abroad a boat and travel around the world. I know this sounds fishy but I actually know someone who did a semester at sea while in college and she traveled around the world while still attending college. 

Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter

The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the U.S. military. 

In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases—one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

 

  • What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
  • How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
  • What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

Go to http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest for more information

 

March 15, 2019 deadline.

Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition ( Novel Writing Submissions)

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If you are working on a novel don’t worry you can still submit a section of your novel for this competition. Submit an excerpt no longer than 3,000 words as well as the text of the completed novel in a PDF but you also need to include a PDF of your entire novel. You can also include a brief summary 250-word of your novel so that judges can see the bigger picture and know what your novel is about. Adaptations of or sequels to existing published series are not accepted. Be creative and take chances.

Here are two quotes about what the judges are looking for.  “ Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.” “Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.”

Deadline: December 5, 2018, if you live in New Jersey. It varies depending on where you live.

Prizes: Gold, silver, and bronze keys and medals, your work published, plus bragging rights.

Check www.artandwriting.org for more information. 

 

Teen Writing Prompt 802

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Most books have subplots In the world of YA the subplot usually focuses on romance. Just think of Hunger Games, Divergent, The Hate U Give, The Maze Runner, and Children of Blood and Bone.  All of these novels contain subplots that focuses on the protagonist falling in love despite the challenges that he or she is facing. It doesn’t matter if the protagonist is male or female somewhere along their journey the issue of love comes into to play.

Subplots help move the story forward and many times they create obstacles. Loving your enemy is a popular subplot or actually allowing yourself to fall in love despite the pain you are experiencing is another. Subplots help to reveal more about the characters and at times helps to make them vulnerable.

What subplot can you create to help make your story more suspenseful and interesting?

#subplots # am writing # ya

Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition( Personal Essay and Memoir Submissions)

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For those of you that like writing nonfiction there is a personal essay and memoir category for the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition. “A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author.” Even if you are writing nonfiction you still need to find a way to tell your story in an original way. Here’s what the judges are looking for!

“ Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.”

“Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.”

Essays in which humor is the key element should be submitted to the humor category.

Word Count:  500–3,000 words.

Deadline: December 5, 2018, if you live in New Jersey. Check www.artandwriting.org for more information.

Prize: Gold, Silver, and Bronze keys and medals, your work published, plus bragging rights.