Category Archives: writing

Essay contest, win scholarship from LifeBridge Health/ExpressCare — deadline March 3, 2019

LifeBridge Health and ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers are sponsoring an essay contest to provide college scholarships to seniors and rising seniors in the Greater Baltimore area. Each contest winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Up to 30 prizes will be awarded.

The theme of the essay contest is “How I Will Use My Education to Give Back to My Community.”

Essays must be 750 to 1,000 words and double-spaced. Each sheet of paper should be labeled with the writer’s name, school, and contact information.

Interested students must complete the online application by Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Youth Voices Contest — deadline Jan. 15, 2019

A national organization — Strategies for Youth — is coordinating a contest regarding police and youth interactions.

Students, ages 12 – 18, can enter individually and as groups and express their ideas for improving interactions between police and youth. Submissions can be essays, drawings, paintings, cartoons, animated cartoons,photographs, sculptures, collages, or videos.

Two prizes will be awarded:

$1,000 for a winner (age 12 – 14)

$1,500 for a winner (age 15 – 18)

Written entries and photos or scans of artwork should be emailed to:

Art submissions may also be mailed to Strategies for Youth, Contest, PO Box 390174, Cambridge, MA 02139.

For questions please email: or call 617-714-3789.

Visit the Strategies for Youth website for more detailed instructions.


Operation Prevention Video Challenge — deadline March 6, 2019

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education announce the launch of the third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge – a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse.

Part of DEA’s Operation Prevention program, the video challenge encourages teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement that alerts other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Overall, the challenge aims to inspire teens to research the opioid epidemic, identify its widespread impact on the country and the substances’ harmful effects on the body, and start a social movement that encourages authentic dialogue about this critical issue. The top 10 finalist videos will be uploaded to for a public vote to determine the People’s Choice winner. Winning PSAs will be featured on-air, and across Discovery Education and DEA digital and social media platforms.

Prizes for winning submissions, include:

  • 1st place: $10,000;
  • 2nd place: $5,000;
  • 3rd place: $1,000; and
  • People’s Choice: A VIP trip to Quantico, Virginia, for a tour of the DEA Training Academy – Do you have what it takes to be a Junior Special Agent for the day?

The Operation Prevention Video Challenge is now open and will close on March 6, 2019. Public voting for the People’s Choice winner will take place April 11-25, 2019. United States high school students, ages 13 and older, can register and find more information about the challenge here.

Write-a-Story Contest sponsored by Scholastic Scope — deadline March 1, 2019

Scholastic Scope is sponsoring a writing contest in collaboration with author Jason Reynolds. He has written three first lines, and students in Grades 5 – 10-are asked to choose one and turn it into a 800 – 3,000 word short story. Entries are due by March 1, 2019;

The winner will receive $100 and his or her story will be posted on Scope Online. The winner’s class will receive copies of Reynold’s novel Ghost, and the winner’s teacher will receive a free one-year subscription to Scope.

To see the three first lines, learn more about the contest rules, and complete the contest entry form, visit the Scope contests website.

Enter NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge — deadline March 31, 2019

NPR (National Public Radio) is hosting a Student Podcast Challenge for students from Grades 5 – 12. Podcasts, from 3 – 12 minutes long, can be from classes or extracurricular groups and will need to be submitted with help from a teacher. Winning submissions will be aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered programs.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 1 – March 31, 2019. For more information, a submission guide, suggested prompts, and official rules, visit the NPR website.

Winners will be announced in April.



22nd Annual BCPS Middle School Writing Contest accepting entries

The Senior Literary Arts Class of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology has announced the 22nd Annual Middle School Writing Contest – and the desire of the class to see submissions from all Baltimore County middle schools.

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 18, 2019. Winners will be notified in April and invited to attend a special award ceremony.

“Writing is incredibly close to all of our hearts,” the class wrote in a group letter, “and we would love to see more young people writing. Writing is a creative and productive way for students to safely explore and express their emotions without fear. As an art, it is intrinsically tied to progress, and we want students to have a way to voice their opinions and give them a chance to shape their own futures. This is why we host this competition.”

The contest is open to all Baltimore County Public Schools students in Grades 6 – 8. Young writers are asked to submit their best and most polished works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and/or personal essay.

The contest rules are that:

  • All submissions must be accompanied by the official submission cover sheet.
  • Students must include a separate cover sheet for each submission.
  • All submissions must be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced.
  • All works must have a title. (Make it catchy, please!)
  • Each page must be numbered.
  • Poetry must be no longer than 50 lines.
  • Personal essay, nonfiction, and fiction must be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages.

All submissions must be sent by mail to:

Carver Center for Arts and Technology
c/o Suzanne Supplee
938 York Road
Towson, MD 21204

For more information, please contact Supplee at or 443-809-2775.

We the Future Contest, for students Kindergarten – Grade 12, Sept. 17 deadline

Constituting America sponsors a group of Constitution-related contests for students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and beyond. Prizes vary but include meeting celebrity mentors and cash. Deadline for entries if Sept. 17, 2018. Learn more at the Constituting America website.