How to Enter?
1) Read the rules below
2) Read the question prompt details
3) Answer the poll below (if provided)
4) Submit your essay to StageofLife.com using the GREEN "Enter Contest" button
As you can see, our writing contests deal with "real-world" teen issues. So much, in fact, that our monthly summaries on teen trends have been featured in the press on TIME.com, Mint Education's Blog, ABC TV's "Mary Talks Money" program, etc.
Writing Contest Prizes:
Yes, we have prizes if you win the writing contest...but not that you're writing something important just to win, right? Each month, one winner selected from the combined high school and college entries will get a prize package containing...
Rules for the Monthly College Writing Contest are as follows:
Essay must relate to the theme (see below).
Essay must be your original work.
Essay can be no longer than 500 words.
Essay must be non-fiction and follow the form of a diary, journal, blog, memoir, or essay. That is to say...we want real stories about real life...from you.
Once entered, essay will become a part of Stage of Life's public facing content so no foul language or inappropriate material. Those entries will be removed.
Registration to Stage of Life is required to enter the writing contest. It's free and will allow a) Stage of Life to post your essay and b) you to join the writing community here on Stage of Life to enter future writing contests or simply share a story about your life.
Writing submission must come from a current college student.
Essays will be judged on a combination of factors including style, content, length, originality, use of argument, grammar, spelling, etc.
Eric Thiegs: CEO and Founder of Stage of Life
Rebecca Thiegs: Senior Editor, Stage of Life. Rebecca has her master's in education from the University of Minnesota along with 12+ years teaching advanced English for high school students. She's currently freelancing as a curriculum consultant for McDaniel College's Summer Academic Enrichment Program - an initiative through the DC Success Foundation.
Sarah Hamaker: A freelance writer and editor with more than a dozen years of experience, Sarah Hamaker is the author of [email protected], a guide to unlocking women’s work-from-home potential. She has a master’s degree in Literature and Language from Marymount University. Sarah has judged teen short story contests as well as magazine awards. Visit her online at www.sarahhamaker.com.
Stage of Life Editorial Team: Stage of Life's very own life stage editors (all 20+) weigh in each month with their vote for selecting the winner from a pool of 5-10 semi-finalists.
Enter the Student Writing Contest:
Please read below for details on the free monthly writing contest and click the green "Enter Contest" button to submit your essay. Good luck!