Writing

Are you a 15-18 year old writer?

Writing encompasses creative nonfiction, novel, play or script, poetry, short story and spoken word. The strongest submissions demonstrate a sense of inventiveness, show attention to the complexities and technical aspects of language, and include works that have a clear, original, and distinct point of view.

 

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Why Apply

  • Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish

  • Take master classes with accomplished writers such as Edward Albee, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Chinaka Hodges, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sam Lipsyte, Campbell McGrath, Joan Morgan, Salmon Rushdie and Rebecca Walker

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

REQUIREMENTS

Creative Nonfiction and Short Story applicants must submit 2 pieces of writing. Novel applicants must submit a synopsis and an excerpt. Play or Script applicants must submit a dramatic script or a synopsis and an excerpt. Poetry applicants must submit at least 1 poem. Spoken Word applicants must submit 2-3 poems and video performances for each. All the requirements are listed in the downloadable PDFs below