The Young Authors Writing Competition

HolidColumbia College Chicago's Young Authors Competition 2017ay Break is a great time to write and enter work in Columbia College Chicago’s Young Authors Writing Competition!


The Young Authors Writing Competition is an annual contest for high school-aged writers from around the world. Awards and cash prizes are given to top student writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, and an awards ceremony is held on our campus in the spring.

Submissions open on November 27, 2019, and will remain open until January 30, 2020. The contest is open to students attending grades 9-12.

For more information and to submit to the contest, visit our website. And mark your calendars! Our awards ceremony, open to all who enter the contest along with their families, teachers, and friends, will be held at our Chicago campus on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us

Young People For

The Fellowship

The Young People For (YP4) Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program for young people committed to creating positive social change in their communities. Fellows represent diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and approaches to social change, and they are working on many different progressive issues on campuses and in communities across the country.

The Fellowship year runs from summer to summer, and includes:

Regional Trainings

At the beginning of each new Fellowship year where Fellows learn foundational social justice leadership skills through workshops, guest trainers, and discussions.


Fellows are paired with an alumnus who has experience in the Fellow’s issue area. Each Fellow works with their mentor to create an Individualized Leadership Development Plan (ILDP) to help them grow into even stronger leaders.

The National Summit

In January all Fellows come together in Washington, DC to further develop leadership skills, gain tools and resources necessary to create change through their projects, and network with leaders in the progressive movement.

The Blueprint for Social Justice

Each fellow creates a campus or community-based sustainable project, called a Blueprint for Social Justice, to address a need in his or her community. With support from staff, their mentors, and a small seed grant, Fellows work to implement their Blueprint projects using the skills developed throughout the Fellowship year.

Civic Engagement Program

Through our Civic Engagement program, Fellows are given additional opportunities for civic participation, including trainings on vote-focused organizing, collaborative issue-based campaigns, blogging opportunities, and more.

Lifelong opportunities

After the fellowship year, fellows continue to connect with, learn from, support, and collaborate with other emerging and established progressive leaders and organizations at the forefront of fights for social justice across the country and around the world.

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship year, Fellows enter our growing alumni network of nearly 1,500 progressive leaders across the country. They gain access to our Advanced Leadership and Alumni program opportunities. Our alumni programs ensure that the relationships made and the work completed during the Fellowship year are sustained and supported long-term. We assist alums with internship placements, job opportunities, trainings, and networking opportunities to enhance their impact as young leaders.

If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship Program, please complete an application or an interest form. If you know any young change makers who should consider applying to our program, please fill out our nomination form.


For more information about YP4’s Fellowship Program, please contact Maryssa at

MARAAS Marie G. Wanek High School Essay Contest 2016

Each year the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) awards prizes for the best essay examining a topic related to Asia written by high school students in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

For the 2016 essay contest, the first place winner is awarded a $300 prize, the teacher is awarded a $100 prize. Student and teacher are recognized during the annual fall meeting. The first place essay is posted on the MAR/AAS website. Second and third place winners are honored with certificates, as well as having their names, the titles of their works, teacher names, and schools noted on the MAR/AAS website. All participants receive a certificate of participation, honoring the rigorous challenges that they have undertaken.

The 2015 first place winner Emily Shutman of Huntington High School, Huntington, New York won for her essay, “The Tientsin Massacre: A Violent Outbreak and an Abrogation of Responsibility.”  Emily’s mentors included Mr. Joseph Leavy, Chairperson of Humanities, and Ms. Lauren Desiderio, teacher.  Two essays tied for second place:  Aoife Coady’s research paper “Sino-American Rapprochement: China’s Desire for National Identity and National Security” under the mentorship of Ms. Joanna Prebund of Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C.; and Megan Yang’s historical analysis “The Taiping Rebellion: A Glorious Failure,” mentored by Ms. Heidi Kasevich of The Nightengale-Bamford School, New York, New York.

Go to our website to read some of the previous winning essays. To receive updates about MAR/AAS, join our Facebook group: ‘MARAAS Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies.’

Guidelines for Students:

• The research paper may examine topics such as religion, history, economics, government, literature, film, the fine and performing arts related to cultures or nations of Asia (excluding the Middle East).

• The research paper must include citations and a bibliography of sources used.

• The body of research paper should not exceed ten double-spaced typed pages (i.e. exclusive of footnotes and bibliography).

• The research paper must conform to an accepted style (APA, MLA, Chicago).

• The entry must attach at the front of the paper an introduction page that includes the following information: student’s name; student’s grade level; student’s email, home address, telephone number; name and address of student’s current school; name of teacher under whose guidance the paper was prepared.

• The prize recipients are announced at the Fall 2016 conference. The first prize winner, parents, and teacher are honored at the conference annual meeting.

• The winning essay is placed on the MAR/AAS website. Second and Third Place winners, their mentors and schools, are listed on the website.

• All participating students receive a certificate of participation mailed to their teachers.

• For consideration, papers must be submitted between May 1 and June 30, 2016, to

The Asian Studies Essay Contest is supported by income from a fund established in memory of Marie G. Wanek, a scholar and teacher dedicated to Asian studies, and a former president of MAR/AAS.

Cyber Security Awareness Week @ NYU!

Cyber Security Awareness Week is the largest student-run cyber security event in the nation, featuring six competitions, keynote presentations, workshops, and an industry fair.

Students who like math, computers ,gaming or coding, be advised: High School Forensics is coming, and you don’t have to be an expert to play.

Every fall, Cyber Security Awareness Week brings together students and industry leaders for a conference, career fair and set of six competitions in a field whose importance has never been greater.  HSF is one of the biggest competitions at CSAW.  But it’s more than that.  For students who code, it’s a door to their future.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

About Scholastic:

Since 1923, the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and we provide a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.  Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and they become a part of our community – young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

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