Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Teen Summer Writing Fellowship

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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.

Program

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 kl@grubstreet.org 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

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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.

http://www.artandwriting.org/

Screenwriting Fellowship

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Here’s something for screenwriters.

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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.

http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/about

Teen Scholarship for Italian Americans

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

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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.

http://unico.org/

Teen Writing Competition – Annual Signet Classic Essay Competition

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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!

http://www.penguin.com/services-academic/essayhome/

 

Ayd Rand Fellowship for Teen Writers

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Read the novel Anthem and write an essay on one of the following topics below. It’s never to early to start getting ready for this competition. It’s a few months away but why not start reading the novel now?

Eligibility

8th, 9th, and 10th graders.

Entry Deadline:

March 25, 2016

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE 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?

For more information check the website. Good luck!

https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests#overview

Teen Summer Writing Fellowship Program

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Here’s a great opportunity I found online. I think it’s a good idea to have a few writing samples ready if a competition comes up. Here’s a great one I recently discovered.

YAWP Summer Teen Fellowship

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 for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers.

Program

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. Each student will receive a stipend of $300 upon completing the program. 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.

Payment

In the spirit of adult writers’ residencies, teen participants will be paid a $300 stipend for their three-week commitment to learning about writing. Payment of the stipend is contingent on attending all or nearly all of the sessions.

How to Apply

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 kl@grubstreet.org 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

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

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30 BELOW STORY AND POETRY CONTEST
http://www.narrativemagazine.com/30-below-2014
$22 ENTRY FEE.
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

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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.

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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.

http://www.stuttgartarkansas.org/duck-festival/scholarship_contest.aspx