| ||June 2013 - National Writing Contest |
We warmly welcome you to our FREE, international writing contest for college and high school students. Answer our real-world writing prompts each month to share your thoughts and experiences as we make the world a better place, one story at a time...
June 2013 Writing Contest Prompt: "Summer Reinvention" - How will you make this summer one you'll always remember?
|STEP 1 - Take Survey: Answer our 10 questions about summer. Click the Survey Monkey link to the right.
STEP 2 - Submit Your Essay Answering this Writing Prompt: How will you make this summer one you'll never forget? Click the Submit Essay button to the right.
Title of Essay: When you submit your essay, title it as: "Summer Reinvention: ________"
Example: Summer Reinvention: I'm turning off Facebook this summer and learning guitar
- Include the phrase "Summer Reinvention" as the beginning of your essay title in the Story Title field, but add your own headline following that so your essay title is unique
- Read all contest rules and guidelines
Background: School is ending for the year. Summer is beginning. How are you going to do something this summer that will make it special...one you'll always remember?
Rules: Essay should be 500 words or less. Read all rules.
Deadline: Midnight June 30th Pacific Time US
Results: Finalists, Runners Up, and Winner will be posted here after July 15th, 2013
Enter now by taking the survey and submitting your essay!
STEP 1: Take Teen Survey...
STEP 2: Enter Your Essay...
Writing Contest Prize Package:
Two passes for movie tickets from Fandango, the leading online movie ticket seller.
SWAG package from StageofLife.com
Exposure for your essay in national press release
Writing Contest Resource Links...
|Contact Us about this Teen Writing Contest
EXTRA INFORMATION AND RULES TO HELP YOU ON THE WRITING CONTEST
Be Real. Be Yourself: The strongest submissions for this essay contest will use a personal tone and point-of-view writing style that shares your thoughts on the topic. If you want to make your essay even stronger, we recommend doing a little research and adding quotes or a statistic (or two).
- Essays should be 500 words or less.
- You are welcome to blog on StageofLife.com as much as you want, but only TWO essay submissions per user for the writing contest are allowed.
- Please be creative with your title, then type or cut and paste your full essay from a program like NotePad or TextEdit (don't use any formatting - just text, please) into the Story Details field (which will appear after you click the Submit Essay button above.
- Adjust the spacing of your essay within the essay submit form.
- Title your essay using the instructions above so our Editors can find it in the story feeds in your life stage homepage on the website. Example: Here's where the high school student submissions get posted - High School
- StageofLife.com is a non-partisan literacy initiative. We judge the writing contest submissions not on the political or religious stance of our teen writers, but rather on how creative, original, passionate, and well written the essays are. See below for more details on our judging policy.
- Read these tips for good essay writing to be considered a writing contest finalist
- You will need to login to StageofLife.com to submit your writing contest entry. If you don't have a StageofLife.com login, please register for StageofLife.com (it's free).
We don't have any formal resources for this writing contest this month.
Prize Package: The winning writer will receive...
- A spot as a Featured Writer on StageofLife.com
- Stage of Life pen
- Gift cards, codes, or product from the named prize sponsor mentioned above.
- A mention and link to your essay in Stage of Life's national monthly press release - here's a link to one of our press releases for reference.
Free Essay Contest:
This is a free writing contest. StageofLife.com does not require a submission fee. TWO ESSAYS ENTRY PER PERSON FOR THE WRITING CONTEST. However, you are welcome to blog about your life or other topics outside of this writing contest at any time on StageofLife.com
Last day of the month at midnight Pacific Standard Time (US). StageofLife.com time stamps all essay in Greenwich Mean Time (England) as we are an international writing initiative. International student submissions are welcome.
Of the submitted essays, one student winner will be selected. The winner and semi-finalists will be announced here after the 15th of the following month. Winner and semi-finalists will be contacted by a StageofLife.com staffer via the email used to register for the website.
As we state in our Writing Contest Rules and Judging Criteria, student writers selected as our national essay finalists and winner(s) will demonstrate strong writing skills, a unique point-of-view, personal tone, originality, and realness in their essay.
The reason that journalists and organizations ranging from TIME.com to Mint Education have featured our essays (especially our teen posts) in the national media is because our student bloggers all write from the heart. Real people sharing real stories about their lives. Combine this with our position as one of the only international, non-partisan, literacy platforms in the world and you'll find Stage of Life an open environment to share your ideas.
We'd like to encourage all participants and readers to make comments on these writing contest essays. Please just remember to keep all comments/posts/discussions civil and in good taste in each of the essay-blog threads, especially since some of our writing prompts are sensitive in nature. Nasty comments, personal attacks, or other such comments are not allowed and will be removed should they come to our attention.
If you have questions about the rules or judging criteria for our writing contests, you can visit our Rules & Judging Criteria page.
Last Words - Share Your Story:
Our hope is that your writing contest submission will positively impact others and help with our mission of making the world a better place, one story at a time. Your essay may inspire others or even better, give you an opportunity to share a story that's simply important to you.
After you've submitted your essay, feel free to share the link to your essay on Facebook or Twitter. Our essays are judged by real Editors, not popularity, but we do like to spread the word about our national, grassroots writing contest. Also, please share this writing contest with Language Arts, English and History teachers, or on your blog.
If you know a teacher who would like a free Stage of Life writing contest poster for his or her classroom, have them contact us.
Read more about StageofLife.com and our mission
Good luck! Scroll back up and click on the "Submit Essay" button to upload your essay.