Housed on the campus of Princeton University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute

Due Feb. 28, for 9th-Y1: Housed on the campus of Princeton University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute is an intensive academic and leadership program for high-achieving students. The Institute aims to sharpen students’ research and quantitative analysis skills, as well as writing, verbal, and critical reading skills through a diversity of high-level academic courses. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday March 6, 2020.  click on the link  Early and prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday March 6, 2020


PowerPlay’s SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA) is a year-long youth development program that offers high school girls the chance to: Develop body and mind through sports, healthy living activities and advisories; Deepen critical skills in writing, technology and networking for success; Build a portfolio of real-world work experience, service learning, mentorships, and prepare for college applications Earn a $750 scholarship!

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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

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.

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

To apply and see more information, visit 

Creative Writing for Tweens

writingThis week-long course encourages young writers to unleash their creativity in the genre of their choice.
·      Each day, we will focus on a specific tool of successful creative writing: observation, language, voice, scene, and character.
·      The workshop is student-driven.  Participants will choose their own focus genre: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
·      Each day will feature in-class writing exercises, as well as reading aloud, and constructive workshopping.
·      With a maximum of six participants, each child will receive plenty of personal feedback, as well as two personal conferences with me.
·      Students will complete at least one developed, polished piece by the end of the week.
·      Workshops will take place in my home in Prospect Heights.  I’ll provide snack, as well as one field trip to write “on the scene” in the Botanic Gardens.
·      We will finish the course with a reading at a local coffee shop!

About me: 
My writing has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New York Times , the Believer , Tin House , Time Out New York , Philadelphia Magazine , the Rumpus , Bust , and the Forward .  In addition to being a writer, I am a tutor, mentor, and “organizational guide” for students of all ages.  I focus on literature, English, and (of course) writing, with a specialty in helping learning challenged people.  I also love to work with ambitious, talented aspiring young writers — and adults.  I have taught Composition, Expository, and Research writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and am a teaching artist in New York City’s public schools for Teachers & Writers.  I have a BA from Barnard College, and an MFA in non-fiction writing from Columbia University.  I live in Brooklyn with my husband and young daughter.

Sessions will run July 8-12, 9:30-12:30.  If there is sufficient interest, I am happy to run workshops on other dates – please contact me to discuss.  $200 per student.

My info: 
Elizabeth Isadora Gold / 347 351 7248 /

Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference

The Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYWC),The Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYW), a residential writers’ weekend specifically for high school students, takes place this May 27 – 29 on the hillside campus of Burlington’s Champlain College. For dedicated young writers, it is a chance to meet others who share their passion for telling the stories of their lives. It is also an opportunity to study the craft of writing with some of New England’s most celebrated authors and teachers.

Participate in over ten hours of intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative nonfiction, script writing, and environmental writing; exchange and critique manuscripts; listen to faculty readings; attend interactive craft sessions; and share work with the CCYW community.  On Friday, go to the good place with our keynote speaker, award winning poet & essayist, Ellen Bryant Voigt. Ellen is the author of CLAIMING KIN (1976), THE FORCES OF PLENTY (1983), THE LOTUS FLOWERS (1987), TWO TREES (1992), KYRIE (1995), SHADOW OF HEAVEN (2002), MESSENGER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (2007), and HEADWATERS (2013). A former Vermont State Poet, she has received the Emily Clark Balch Award, the Hanes Poetry Award, the Teasdale Award, three Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in Scribner’s BEST AMERICAN POETRY, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Merrill Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Ellen designed and directed the nation’s first low-residency MFA Writing Program and currently teaches at Warren Wilson College and Breadloaf. In 2015, she received the coveted John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship.

And there’s more: Friday evening, read to jazz with Michael Chorney’s celebrated jazz ensemble, or read poems and prose to open mike. On Saturday, slam the night away with our own in-house oracle, the renowned Vermont Slam Champion, Geof Hewitt. Later, become part of the Young Writers’ Improvisational Theatre, and kick up your heels at The Spectacular Young Writers’ Contra Dance.

Special note: high school teachers and writerly parents are encouraged to attend as chaperones. Chaperones participate in all events, and are invited to attend their own adult writing workshop.

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Deadline: February 22,2016
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Young Artists and Writers Project

What better place for talented young writers to hone their creative voices than at Stony Brook Southampton this summer?

The Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), created by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Writing and Literature program, is dedicated to mentoring young people in the development of creative expression and critical thinking through writing.

The YAWP Summer Workshops pair seasoned writers with students, ages 13-18, in fiction, essay, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting.

The goals of YAWP include:
• To enhance critical thinking, collaboration and communications skills.
• To help each student find and develop his or her unique voice and point of view.
• To use creative expression as a way to solve problems and promote global awareness.
• To advance 21st century skills while supporting ELA requirements.
• To provide community outreach for Southampton Graduate Arts.
• To develop and support the next generation of writers, readers and artists.

July 8-12, 2019
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student writers in fiction, poetry and essay discover new ways to explore their ideas and have them heard. By week’s end, students have several pieces of completed work to submit or publish. On the final day, they participate in a reading of their work at the 2019 Summer Writing Conference.

Cost: $525

July 15-19, 2019
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Five days of concentrated writing, during which each student creates a short, two-character script for stage or screen. The final day is devoted to a rehearsed reading of students’ work at the 2016 Summer Writing Conference.

Cost: $575

Partial scholarships available for both workshops

PLEASE NOTE: The YAWP Summer Workshops are offered on a daily basis for two consecutive weeks in July. YAWP is not a sleep-away camp. Out of town participants are welcome, but must have local housing.



July, 2019 – Dates TBD 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 535 8th Avenue, at 37th Street

Student writers in fiction, poetry and essay discover new ways to explore their ideas and have them heard. By week’s end, students have several pieces of completed work to submit or publish. On the final day, they participate in a reading of their work for an invited audience.

Cost: $525

For more information about our workshops, contact William Chandler at or call (631) 632-5101 or (310) 614-1217.

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For more information about workshops, contact William Chandler at or call (631) 632-5101 or (310) 614-1217.

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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