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.