Here’s a great writing opportunity for seniors.
Creative Writing Awards in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books
Penguin Random House is passionate about encouraging the next generation of readers and authors and promoting diverse voices and stories. Here’s you chance to win $10,000 for college!
This contest is for public high school students for original poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, and spoken-word compositions.
$10,000 Maya Angelou Award for Spoken-Word Poetry $10,000 Poetry
$10,000 Personal Essay/Memoir50 Honorable Mention recipients will receive a “Creativity Kit” gift from Penguin
Scholarship awards will be made by Penguin Random House to your choice of post-secondary educational institution. Awards will be payable over four years.
Be current high school seniors at a public high school in one of the United States of America, including the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, age 21 years and under, graduating in spring 2019.
Your application must be submitted on or before 3:00 p.m. Central Time on April 15, 2019
This essay contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, invites students to consider the importance of independent media. 9th–12th grades are eligible.
Students submit 300–500 word essays based on this prompt What is the role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American society?
Deadline: February 22, 2019
Penguin Random House offers an essay writing competition every year This year’s book is Hickleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
The deadline is April but why not get an early start? The submissions window opened in July so why not get a heard start? Below are the topics for this years competition. Select one topic.
Select one of the following five topics:
- Huck and Jim are the novel’s protagonists, but can they also be called heroes? What qualities do they possess that make them such? How do they prove themselves through their actions?
- The dialect used in the book, particularly the racial slurs, has long been controversial. How does the use of dialect add to or take away from the book as a work of literature? Give examples.
- How does Huck’s attitude toward Jim change over the course of the novel? Discuss some incidents that illustrate the evolution of their relationship.
- Huck begins with enormous disadvantages. He is orphaned and abused, often homeless, and poorly educated. What personality traits, skills, and talents help him to rise above his circumstances?
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned from a number of schools across the nation. Critics cite the immoral behavior of the characters and racism as reasons to keep the book away from students. What are your reactions to these criticisms? What arguments can you give against banning the book?
Go to https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/signet-essay-contest/ for more information.
Deadline: April 15, 2019.
Prize: 5 Winners will win $1000 for college
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.
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.
I decided to combine these two categories because the deadline is approaching.
“Writing that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity, comedic anecdote, etc.”
Word Limit: 500–3,000 words
“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!
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!
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.
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.