Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Writing Competition

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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, is inviting entries for its annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in any of twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance’s affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Sixteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

The Alliance will begin accepting submissions on September 13, 2017. Deadlines for submission vary by region throughout the winter months.

For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, see the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website.

https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/

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Young Arts – Teen Writing and Arts Mentorship Program

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t’s that time of the year ago folks. The Young Arts Mentorship Competition application period has opened. It ends sometime around mid October. If you are a student interested in the arts ( cinematic arts, writing, visual arts, music, performance, and design) this is a great opportunity to connect with mentors who will help you as you pursue your creative endeavors. Young Arts also provides scholarships.

A a friend of mine was a finalist a few years ago and a few years ago her son also won in photography. He was flown to Miami and put up in a hotel. All his expenses were taken care of. He went around Miami taking photos with his mentors in tow. what could be better than that? A career in the arts is competition and this program will give you the support you need to become success.

Young Arts  winners represent a dynamic group of artists including actors Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; Academy Award winning screenwriter and director John Ridley; Tony Award winner Billy Porter;recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; writers Jenny 8 Lee and Sam Lipsyte; internationally acclaimed artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham, and many more.

Are you a visual, literary, design, or performing artist between the ages of 15-18? Apply to the YoungArts national arts competition and you could:

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with leading artists in your field
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition

Application is open until October 12, 2018, but don’t delay!

Teen Writing Competition- Writers with Disabilities Fellowship

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I just discovered this fellowship opportunity for disabled writers. Check out the information below from Rooted in Rights. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must identify as disabled. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability.  Rooted in Rights is committed to amplifying the voices of diverse communities and advancing equity and inclusion, so please note that disabled people who also identify as part of other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Must demonstrate strong writing skills (proper grammar and ability to maintain structure, focus, and clarity).

  • Must be passionate about disability rights advocacy and dedicated to pursuing that work through writing and storytelling.

  • Must be able to commit to fully participate in the Fellowship and meet all deadlines for a period of six months (July 2018-December 2018).

  • Must reside in the United States. You are not required to be a U.S. citizen in order to participate.

Fellowship Work Requirements

  • Write 2 blog posts per month (750-1000 words), total of 12 blog posts.

  • Write at least one longer form (3,000-5,000 words), deeply reported piece to be pitched to mainstream outlets by the end of the fellowship.

  • Attend 4-6 mentorship chats.

  • Weekly communication on current and upcoming writing work via email, with occasional brief phone calls, Google Hangouts, or other accessible mode of communication.

  • Feedback check-ins at 3 months (midway) and 6 months (end).

Application Guidelines and Procedures

Candidates for the Rooted in Writing Fellowship must submit the following materials:

  • Applicant Information

  • Resume

  • Responses to the three (3) short essay questions

  • Letter of reference

Go to the website for more information and good luck!

https://www.rootedinrights.org

Teen Book Review- Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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All I can say is WOW! This last novel in the Peculiar Children series. This novel brings the peculiar children led by Jason and Emma on a hunt for their headmistress Miss Peregrine who was kidnapped by Wights.

There was so much going on in this book and every bit of it was exciting. Jason and Emma travel to the Devil’s Acre looking for Miss Peregrine and their friends after they were captured by Wights as learns that his peculiar powers extend farther than just seeing Hollows.

In this novel, we are introduced to new loops (homes for peculiars) and an underworld where peculiars are hunted down and killed for their very souls.

There are so many twists and turns that even as I was sleepy s ready to go to bed I fought sleep just so that I could read a little more. I am sure you’ll also enjoy this book. I don’t want to tell you too much expect that there are lots of twists, turns, and unexpected events that will make you love this book.

Writing Competition- College Students

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I found this scholarship competition in the Foundation Center newsletter. Check it out.

Established by Nikon, Inc. as part of its hundredth anniversary celebration, the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship supports the next generation of visual content creators. Academic scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to students to help foster their creative growth and encourage them to pursue a career in creative fields. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a portfolio of images or brief video for consideration by a selection committee, which will then select the ten winning applicants. Scholarships will be awarded for use in the 2018-19 academic school year.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at accredited nonprofit colleges/universities or vocational/technical schools in the United States or Canada pursuing a degree in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography, or multimedia/content creation. To be eligible for a scholarship, all applicants must have completed their freshman year of college or academic equivalent before the fall of 2018.

The application deadline for all students is March 1, 2018. Semi-finalists will be announced March 12, and the deadline for their applications is March 30. The ten scholarship recipients will be announced in June.

For eligibility criteria, key dates, application instructions and an FAQ, see the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship website.

http://programs.applyists.com/Nikon/stock-vector-invest-in-education-concept-vector-illustration-in-flat-style-design-stack-of-books-diploma-and-340391981

Scholastic Arts and Writing Teen Writing Competition

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This one is for seniors only.

Writing Portfolio

Category Description
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

You can submit up to two portfolios but same work in both portfolios.
The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).

  • The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be 300 words and answer the following questions:
    • Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
    • How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
    • What role does writing play in your life?
  • Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
  • Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  • Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.

This was posted on the Scholastic Arts and Writing Website.

Teen Writing Competition

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The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition has just opened submissions. Below are the guidelines for the Critical Essay Competition.

Critical Essay

Category DescriptionWriting intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.

Special InstructionsSources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.

This competition is open to 7th to 12th graders who live in the US, Canada or attend a US school abroad. Foreign students attending a US school are also eligible.

Prizes: Medals

Deadlines: Vary by region so check out the website for details.

Entry fee: $5 and $20 for a portfolio but you can apply for a fee waiver. Check the website. There are lots of details but it’s worth it.

For additional categories check out the website.

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

Teen Writing Competition

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The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition are approaching. Here are some of the guidelines for Flash Fiction.

Flash Fiction

Category DescriptionHighly-focused stories characterized by brevity.

Special InstructionsPlease note word length for Flash Fiction compared to Short Story. Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.

Deadline: Varies please check the site for additional information.

Prize: Medals

For additional categories check out the website.

http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information. Good Luck!

Teen Writing Competition

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Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition Guidelines for a few categories I thought you might be interested in.

Poetry

Category DescriptionWriting in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Special InstructionsEach submission may consist of 1–5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Students may submit more than one collection but must register each separately.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Category DescriptionWriting that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.

Special InstructionsAll 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.). Works that are novel-length should be submitted to the Novel category.

Short Story

Category DescriptionA fictional narrative is written in prose.

Special InstructionsShort Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.

Deadlines: Vary

Fee: $5 for single entry or $20 for a portfolio. You can apply for a wavier.

Young Arts Competition- Spoken Word

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Just in case you are interested in writing a spoken word poem for the competition I have included the guidelines because there is a video required for the submission.

Guidelines

  • Two (2) to three (3) written poems. Total written materials not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Separate video performance for each poetry submission.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included in the written portion.

NOTE: If selected as a Finalist, you will be required to perform your submitted materials live for the panel during YoungArts Week.

Guidelines for Recording your Video Audition

  • Props are limited to one stool, two chairs, and one table.
  • Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera.
  • Record your audition in a clearly defined interior space.
  • The back drop should be a neutral color that is free of creases, breaks and distractions.
  • Background music or sound tracks of any kind are not permitted.

Before recording your pieces, film a test. Perform the first few lines of your piece, then watch and listen to it on playback. Check the following important things:

  • Sound: Make sure the acoustics in the room are strong. Practice your piece in the space.  If you hear an echo in playback, adjust the recording volume or choose someplace else to record.  Utilize only the microphone on the video camera. Do not use a hand held microphone.
  • Lighting: Make sure the space is well-lit, but not too bright. Judges should be able to see your face clearly.
  • Framing: The camera should be set at a distance to frame your face and body clearly.
  • Clothing: Wear clothing that is simple, comfortable and tasteful. And remember, your clothing should never be more interesting than your audition.

Written content:

  • Do not submit research papers, book reports or specific class assignments.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your work for your files.
  • Type, formatting may reflect the intention of the author.
  • Please include page numbers.
  • Proofread your entire submission.

Uploading submission:

  • Uploaded documents must be Word or PDF files.
  • Each piece should be saved as a separate file and uploaded individually.
  • List the title of the work in the space provided.
  • When uploading, verify that the image is upright (not sideways) and plays smoothly.
  • Save and name your files with their titles and upload each selection separately.
  • Do not put your name or any identifying information in or on your submission.
  • Please do not do any of the following to your video as it may disqualify you:
    • Do not edit within a piece.
    • Do not use special effects, dissolves, fades or wipes.
    • Do not submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals, concerts, or competitions.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Requirements

  • All submitted work must be wholly original and may not infringe upon the copyright or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any other person or entity.

Deadline October 13, 2017

https://app.getacceptd.com/youngarts