Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

$10,000 Prize Writing Competition for High School Seniors

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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. 

Awards

$10,000 Maya Angelou Award for Spoken-Word Poetry $10,000 Poetry
$10,000 Fiction/Drama
$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

Deadline https://www.scholarsapply.org/penguinrandomhouse/

Teen Writing Competition- SPJ / JEA High School Essay Contest

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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?

Prize: $1000

Deadline: February 22, 2019

Good luck!

Annual Signet Writing Competition

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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.

Topics

Select one of the following five topics:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. How does Huck’s attitude toward Jim change over the course of the novel? Discuss some incidents that illustrate the evolution of their relationship.
  4. 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?
  5. 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

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.