Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Writing Competition – John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

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Here’s an essay competition I just found with a top prize of $10,000 and a trip to Boston!This annual contest invites students to write about a political official’s act of political courage that occurred after Kennedy’s birth.  Students must submit 700–1000 word essays. 9th–12th grades can submit an essay for this competition.

Go to https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest for more information.

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Prize: $10,000 an a trip to Boston.

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!

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. 

 

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.

Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Poetry Submissions)

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This one is for all you poets out there. If you are in the 7th to 12th grade and 13 years old and up this competition is for you. The Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition is a great way to get your writing out there and win a few prizes in the process!

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.”

You can write in verse and write prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, spoken word, and even song lyrics are included in the poetry section.

Each submission may consist of 1–5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. You may submit more than one collection but must register each separately. Each submission costs $5 but fee waivers may be available. 

Limits: 20–200 lines (total for the entire collection).

Prizes: Gold, silver and bronze keys or medals plus an exhibition of your work and tons of bragging rights.

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

Scholastics Arts and Writing (Dramatic Scripts and Journalism Submissions)

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I decided to create an extra post this month just to give all you writers information about the amazing Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. I will post on Tuesday during October and November to give you information on submission requirements for the various writing categories for the competitions. 

Dramatic Script  This includes scripts for television, film, or stage. Excerpts from your script may be submitted but should be clearly labeled as excerpts.

Limits: 500–3,000 words. If the script exceeds 3000 words, provide a 250-word summary and attach full script PDF.

Journalism Writing that informs and educates about newsworthy topics or current events, characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events.”

“Writing intended for publication in newspapers, magazines or online media and characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events.” Works cited are not considered part of the word count.

Limits: 500–3,000 words.

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

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

Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Sci-Fi and Fantasy submissions)

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I thought I’d start posting info about the writing categories for the Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. What the judges are looking for in each category is “ 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.”

This competition is for students in the 7th to 12th grade and is 13 and up. You need to create an account on the Scholastics Arts and Writing site.

Science Fiction & Fantasy (Category Description)

“Writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.”

“All work in which science fiction/fantasy is the key element should be submitted in this category. Do not base characters or plots on already published works (books, movies, comics, etc.). “

Word Length: 500–3,000 words.

Prize: Gold keys or medals, your work published, and bragging rights.

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