Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Writing Competition



Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest

Contest is open to undergraduate students of any major in good academic standing and graduating high school seniors. Applicant must submit either fiction or nonfiction about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern.
Amount: Up to $400
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Teen Writing Competition


William-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest

This is for all you beach lovers. This essay contest is for high school seniors in good academic standing. I am not sure what that really means but it was included in the contest guidelines. All you have to do for this competition is  either fiction or nonfiction about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern.


Good luck and have fun!
Prize: Up to $400
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Teen Scholarship


College Jumpstart Scholarship


Here’s a great scholarship for essay writing competition. $1000 prize try it.

Personal Statement

Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less.

(1) What are your educational goals?
(2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
(3) Write about a time when “hard work” paid off.
(4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 17, 2016
Description: Scholarship is open to students in 10th through 12th grades, college students, and non-traditional students. Applicant must submit a short essay.

Writing Competition for Screenwriters


L.A. Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition


The LA Comedy festival is looking for screenwriters. For this competition they are accepting shorts, features, TV Pilots, Web Series, Film Sketch Comedy and Animation.

There are awards for best feature length screenplay, short and TV Pilots. Since it’s in LA it’s a great way to get exposure. Check out the website for more information.   

Deadline September 9; September 23

Fee: $30-$75.


Writing Competitions


The Dogwood’s Literary Prize is coming up.This competition is for writers who write short stories, essays, and poems. You can submit no more than three poems that are no longer than 10 pages and up to 22 pages of prose.It has a nice prize and it here are the some of the submission requirements.

This is prize not limited to teens.


Go to for more information and good luck!

September 5th deadline

Fee: $10

Prize: $1000


Teen Scholarship – Young Arts Mentorship Program



I know this is early notice but this opportunity is so amazing I thought I’d give you a head start. The Young Arts fellowship program submissions will be opening sometime in April. Submissions close in October.

The Young Arts program is a mentorship program that pairs students in all areas of the arts: visual arts, performing arts, writing, cinematic arts ( music, theater, and music) with a mentor in their discipline. This is no  ordinary program. Once you win you are a Young Arts fellow for life!

A friend of mine won this in photography and so far he won $1000 plus a trip to Miami where he’ll be taking master classes with Bruce Webber. Some of the past fellows won Oscars and Grammys. Believe me this is a big deal.

I will update you later but I think it’s a good idea to start working on your portfolios now.

Check out the video and check back on the site for submissions details. Good luck!

Teen Writing Competition – Annual Signet Classic Writing Competition


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The Annual Signet Classics Writing Competition is approaching. This year’s book is Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. This writing competition yields a prize of $1000. All you have to do is select one of the five the essay topics. This competition is open to juniors and seniors. Home school students are also eligible. You must be a attending high school in the United Stated to be eligible.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016 and received on or by April 21, 2016.

For more information check the website and good luck!

Teen Writing Competition


The Ayd Rand Fellowship

This is a great fellowship opportunity. The top prize is $2000. All you have to do to be eligible is read Ayd Rand’s book Anthem and write an essay in response to one of the essay topics listed below.


8th, 9th, and 10th graders

March 29th deadline



Select one of the following three essay topics.

  • “It is a sin to write this.” So begins Anthem. But by the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has a different moral assessment of his action. Do you think Equality’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct? Why or why not? Explain.
  • By the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has changed his mind and become very critical of the leaders of his society, denouncing them in moral terms. Do you think he is correct to do so? Why or why not? Do you think he would agree with the advice that Rand offers in her short essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”? Explain. *
  • Anthem portrays a totalitarian world of the future. In contrast to other such portrayals, the world of Anthemis technologically primitive. What does this imply about the nature of science and technology and the conditions for technological progress, and how do events of the story establish that view?




Teen Summer Writing Fellowship


YAWP Summer Teen Fellowship

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Here’s a teen fellowship opportunity I recently discovered.

GrubStreet’s Summer Teen Fellowship immerses high school students in the writers’ life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. All teens will receive a stipend of $300 for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers. Payment of the stipend is contingent on attending all or nearly all of the sessions.


The Summer Teen Fellowship is an intensive, three-week creative writing program for young writers. Through classes, workshops, and readings, students will generate new work, learn about the craft of writing, and gain knowledge of the writing/publishing world.  The YAWP Fellowship is by application only and only 18 students will be chosen to participate. YAWP fellowship recipients may only attend the fellowship every other year, once as an incoming freshman/sophomore and once as an incoming junior/senior.

When: July 13th-July 30th, 2015, Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Snacks are included each day.

Who: All incoming 9th-12th graders in the Boston area with an interest in creative writing.

Where: GrubStreet Headquarters

The program has these 3 elements:

  1. Generative: Writing from exercises in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
  2. Workshopping: Learning how a traditional workshop works, learning how to give and receive feedback.
  3. Learning About the Writing/Publishing World: Learning about opportunities for writers during and outside of college, as well as the world of agents, editors and the writing marketplace.

In addition to completing the online application form each student must upload in their online application the following documents (these may be saved as a word doc or PDF):

  • 5-10 page Creative Writing Sample which can include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, cross-genre or experimental work. This may include multiple peices and/or genres (no school essays or journalism).
  • 5-7 sentence Personal Statement about why they want to be a YAWP Teen Writing Fellow this summer.

Please email with any questions.

Deadline: NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER March 27th at 5pm. No changes can be made to submissions after they have been received. 18 students will be chosen to participate with a short list of alternates. All applicants will be notified via email by Friday, April 10th.


Teen Writing Competition – Scholastics Arts and Writing



I’ve already written about the Young Arts Competition for musics, artists, filmmakers and writers. The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition is another great teen scholar ship competition that is coming up.

This competition awards metals and scholarships to its winners. There are many categories and they like the Young Arts competition the awards are for students in fine arts, graphic arts, writing, cinematic arts and much more. I don’t believe there is a category for music or theater but this competition is still one worth checking out.

Students in grades 7 to 12 can apply and there are 28 different categories to choose from. I don’t see any deadlines posted yet but last year the deadline was in February. I am sure the deadline will be posted soon.

Check out the site for more information and good luck.