Writing Contest Winners
StageofLife.com administered a multi-generational, international writing contest each month from 2010 - 2016. We've welcomed millions of visitors and tens of thousands of amazing writers, young and old, who contributed to the Stage of Life international story initiative. You will find the links to winning essays of our monthly story and writing contests on this page, along with a link to our exclusive teen trend reports - a comprehensive summary containing the statistics and essays for each teen writing prompt.
The writers featured below submitted an outstanding essay for the monthly writing contest that was deemed "the best" by the Stage of Life Editorial team. These essayists have the bragging rights to claim the title (and prize) that come along with being the best Stage of Life writer for the month. A notable achievement considering these essays have been referenced by nationally acclaimed writers and featured in the press by TIME.com, ABC TV, Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, and others.
Unfortunately, as the popularity of the free writing contest grew, it became too much for the small Stage of Life to manage. And as such, StageofLife.com stopped running the contests after the May 2016 writing prompt. For more details on why we had to stopped hosting the writing contests, you can read those here.
November 2013 Writing Contest - "Do we have too much stuff?"
October 2013 Writing Contest - "What scares you?"
September 2013 Writing Contest - "When have you succeeded or failed at a goal?"
August 2013 Writing Contest - "What was your Moment of Awesomeness?"
July 2013 Writing Contest — "What does it mean to love your country?"
June 2013 Writing Contest — "How will you make this summer one you'll never forget?"
May 2013 Writing Contest — "Share a special memory about your mother, grandmother, or an important woman in your life."
April 2013 Writing Contest — "What news stories are teenagers most passionate about, and why?"
March 2013 Writing Contest — "How have you applied the phrase 'No Fear' in your life?"
February 2013 Writing Contest — "Why can't I stop watching my favorite TV show?"
January 2013 Writing Contest — "Where do we go after the Newtown school shooting?"
December 2012 Writing Contest*High School/College only* — "How will you "Be the Change?"
November 2012 Writing Contest — "What was the most inspirational or important book you've ever read?"
October 2012 Writing Contest*High School/College only* — "How have sports positively (or negatively) shaped traditions in your family?
September 2012 Writing Contest — "Submit an essay that shares your political "passion issue" and which Presidential Candidate is best suited to make a positive difference (or improvement) on the issue?"
- High School/College Winners:
On My Own Winner: Obama will be the best for singles because we deserves to be viewed as individuals by groovychef
View our Teen Trend Report on Teens and Politics to Read All of the Qualifying Essays
National Press Release: High School and College Bloggers Favor President Obama Over Governor Romney by 22 Point Spread per National Writing Contest and Teen Political Survey
July & August 2012 Writing Contest *High School/College only* — "Share a story about a song that was incredibly important or inspiring to you at one point in your life."
Enter the current writing contest or...
If you would like to read more about the above contests, check out our full Teen Trend Reports. Or you can enter our current writing contests.