The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition has just opened submissions. Below are the guidelines for the Critical Essay Competition.
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.
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.
Write a story about a character with a tattoo. What does the tattoo look like and why did your character decide to get a tattoo.
I remember when I first got it. I didn’t want to get the regular heart or flower. I remember how long I stood looking through the books. What do you choose when you know it’s going to last forever? I wanted to be strong. Stronger than I could ever be….
What tattoo does she select? What is this character dealing with? Be creative and have some fun!
Wow! There is so much going on here in the United States I bet it’s stirring up a lot of feelings. As artists, these difficult times only gives us more to say. With all these protests I was wondering… what do you think is worth fighting for?
I’m not going to bring up politics here but there is something to say no matter what “side” you are on. Think about what you’d fight for. Don’t hold back. Just let your feelings flow.
Write a poem about what you believe is worth fighting for.
# teen writing prompt
Write a story about this picture. Where is this place? How did your protagonist get there? Is anyone there with your protagonist?
I was the only one to survive. I am sure of it. I saw the boat go under it’s fingers trying to grab me as I swam away. It was dark. So dark that I couldn’t see where I was going. I just let the tide carry me, hoping it would carry me to land. My life jacket helped keep me afloat but I knew that it wouldn’t help me fight any sharks that I might encounter.
When I woke up and saw a deep blue sky and a bird. A beautiful bird.
Continue the story… Remember be creative and have some fun!
When I was a teenager I had a subscription to Life magazine. I loved looked at the photographs of people and places from all over the world. It’s amazing how differently people live. Even here in the US people can have really different experiences. Think about living in Alaska where in the winter you’d have 6 months of darkness. What if you lived in a beach community in California or the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona?
Go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ and click on the photographs tab. There are several categories. People and Culture, and Travel are the ones I want you to focus on. Select one and write a story based on that picture. Be creative and have some fun!
Write a story about the world getting hotter and hotter or colder and colder.
What do your characters do about this new development? What is happening to people and the world around you as this phenomenon begins and takes hold? Me, I think I might go underground in a network of caves and prepare somehow.
If you’re into sci-fi maybe you’d make plans to leave Earth? What would your characters do? Maybe they’d throw one last party then make plans to survive?
What would you do in order to survive?
Write a eulogy to a bad memory and event. Here’s my example.
You’re not me anymore.
You see, I’ve discovered that I am smart.
I am beautiful.
I am good enough just the way I am.
You use to whisper things into my ears.
Things I use to believe were true.
None of them were.
So today I am bidding you farewell.
I am putting you away and burying you in a box.
Never to return again.
Write an alphabet poem using alliteration.
Here’s a brief example.
August was really awfulBecause it was the time I was bullied.
Cathy was really cruel.
During most of the days.
Everything inside me felt empty.
What is in a name? Writers think long and hard and often change the names of their characters. Names are important. They help create the personality of characters. What if you had a character named Mildred? Would she be a warrior?
Try this what if your character’s name was Rain and she was in love with a boy named Ash? Write a story about them and explain how they received their names.