Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

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.

Screenwriting Fellowship


Here’s something for screenwriters.


Each year, the Academy ( as in the folks who sponsor the Oscars ) Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature-length screenplay and entry fee via the online application. Fellowship winners are invited to take part in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year so this one is for older writers but I will be posting information for young screenwriters/filmmakers.

Now, although this is not specifically for teens but Nicki Reed wrote her first screenplay  for the movie Thirteen when she was only thirteen and she even starred in the film.

The online application form must be completed and a PDF version of the script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1.

Teen Scholarship for Italian Americans


This scholarship if for Italian Americans. There are more scholarships on the UNICO website for graduate and undergraduates.


The Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are planning to attend an accredited program at a college/university. You must be a U.S. citizen and be of Italian heritage to qualify for this award.

Prize: $6000 ($1,500 a year over a four-year period)

Deadline:April 15, 2015

Go to the website for more information.

Teen Writing Competition – Annual Signet Classic Essay Competition



I’m excited to announce that the annual Signet essay competition is underway.  This is a great essay competition for 10th and 11th graders attending school full-time. Home school students are also eligible as long as they are between 16 and 18 years old.

This year’s novel is Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. Entrants must select from a list of six essay topics. Essays need to be submitted by your English teacher. There is a list of rules and regulations on the website.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14th and/or received by April 21, 2015. There are five winners and the prize is $1000 plus a Signet Classic Library valued at $1,600 for your school. This competition is sponsored by Penguin Books.

Click the link below for more information ad good luck!


Teen Writing Competition


Here’s a writing competition that was posted on the Funds For Writers website. Good luck!

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Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. First prize $1,500. Second prize $750. Third prize $300. Ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prizewinners and finalists will be announced in Narrative. All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week. Works of prose and of poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. Deadline November 15, 2014.

Teen Scholarship


This scholarship is for duck callers. Yes, you heard me right. I found this one in an unusual scholarship list. It’s pretty strange but the prize is a whopping $2000.


High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the 2014 Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500.

Open to any current high school senior graduating in 2014, the competition will be on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The contest is associated with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest and will take place on the Main Street Stage beside the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce.

Click on the link below for more information.


Teen Writing Contest – Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition




Hey everyone it’s that time of year again! The Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition is underway. The Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition is a competition where students can win medals and cash awards in various areas of the arts. Some of the categories are jewelry, ceramics, drawing, painting, media arts, film, and writing. Just about any area of the arts you could imagine is open.

Poetry, short story, memoir, journalism, science fiction, fantasy, humor, flash fiction, critical essay are some of the writing categories.

I can’t get into the details of the requirements here but you should check out the website for more information. Submissions for the 2015 has just opened. The deadline is in December. Go to for more information.

Good luck!

Young Arts Teen Competition

Young Arts Teen Competition

Young Arts is a teen mentorship program where teens are selected to receive master classes and up to $10,000 in awards. There are many discipline that teens may be work in.  Here are a few of the areas: music, theater, visual arts, cinematic arts, writing. There’s lots of information about how to apply on the website. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity not only to take classes with people like Quincy Jones and  Joshua Bell but the program allows teens to make professional contacts with award-winning mentors in the arts. Some of these mentors have won Grammys and performed on Broadway.

Why not take a stop forwards achieving your dreams of working in the arts and go for it?!!!


Here’s a link.

Writing Opportunities for Teens


I am sure that you’ve seen the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Well, here’s a chance for you to submit a short story for consideration to be published. Check out the information below. I found this information in the Funds for Writers newsletter.


Seeking 101 inspirational stories of faith, answered prayers, and divine intervention. We want this book to be for everyone — whether religious or secular. Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. Pays $200 and 10 copies of the book. Articles must be nonfiction and under 1,200 words