Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Writing and Arts Competition – The Young Arts Mentorship Program

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The Young Arts Mentorship Program is now accepting applications. I post about this every year. This mentorship program is for young arts ages 15 to 18 who are writers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, actors, and designers.

This mentorship program also offers fellowships. It’s the ultimate hook up for anyone wanting to have a career in the arts. A few years ago a friend of mine won and he received an all expense trip to Miami for a year! He was mentored by two professional photographers and even had an exhibit of his photographs.

This program is a big deal. Young Arts alum have gone on to win Academy, Tony,  and Grammy awards. Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, have their films screen at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Danced for Alive Haley and the New York City Ballet.

Go for it? And Good luck!

Why Apply?

  • ​Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists

  • ​Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • Achieve national recognition

The Rules

  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • Be 15–18 years of age or in grades 10–12 on December 1, 2018

Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018

https://www.youngarts.org

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/

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.