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Calling all teen writers! Seventeen has announced a call for entries for their 2009 Fiction Contest. You could win:

• $2,500 cash prize from Scholastic

• a chance to be published in Seventeen

• lunch with Meg Cabot

• a high-performance laptop powered by Intel

To enter, click on the link below and include an original fiction short story of no more than 500 words. Or mail your entry to: Seventeen, 2009 Fiction Contest, 300 W. 57th St., 17th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Mail entry must be postmarked by December 31, 2008, and received by January 7, 2009. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced, on one side of each sheet of paper, and must not have been previously published in any form, with the exception of school publications. All entries must include your full name, age, home and e-mail addresses (if available), telephone number, date of birth, and signature in the top right-hand corner of each page of every story you enter.

Enter here, and good luck!


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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009, the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts.

To participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students must be:

  • currently enrolled in grades 7 – 12 for the 2008/2009 school year;
  • enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home school in the United States, Canada, or an American school abroad.

Students may submit in the following categories:

Visual Arts: Animation, Art Portfolio, Ceramics & Glass, Computer Art, Design, Drawing, Graphic Story, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Photography Portfolio, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video & Film

Writing: Dramatic Script, General Writing Portfolio, Humor, Journalism, Nonfiction Portfolio, Novel Writing, Personal Essay/Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Story, Short Short Story

More than $3.25 million in scholarships are available to graduating seniors who earn national medals through the Alliance Scholarship Provider Network (PDF). Twelve Portfolio Gold Medalists will earn $10,000 scholarships from the Alliance. Select regions also offer cash awards, grants and other incentives.

Click here for local deadlines (PDF). Formatting and delivery instructions are available in the local guidelines, which can be obtained during registration.

For more information, visit the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.


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High School Journalists, you could win up to $3,500 in cash by entering the Allstate Foundation’s Keep The Drive dot Com Essay Contest!  Car crashes top the list of teen killers, but the Allstate Foundation wants you to help do something about that by publishing articles in your high school paper about smart teen driving.  Not only can you feel good about raising awareness for safe driving, but your published article could win one of 3 cash prizes (1st: $3,500, 2nd: $2,000, 3rd: $1,000) which could help out with the cost of college or car insurance for that matter.  Here’s how to apply on Keep The Drive dot Com:

In order to be considered, your submission needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Story must be about smart teen driving, engage the reader, must drive
    home (yes, the pun was intended) the message of driving smart; and
  • Demonstrate quality reporting and writing on the topic of smart driving.
  • Story must have been published between August 1, 2008 and
    March 1, 2009.

Don’t forget to complete, print out and submit the entry form with three copies of your published article! Without it, your submission won’t make it past the first round.

Check out the full rules and regulations here.


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Here’s a great opportunity for all you college bloggers! is giving away a $10,000 college scholarship to one lucky college blogger.  Check out the eligibility requirements from the website:

  • Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education in the United States; and
  • If you win, you must be willing to allow to list your name and blog on their site.

The deadline is October 30th, and there is also a 300-word essay that must be submitted along with your blog.  So check out the essay topics on, and let me know if you end up being a winner!

And if you don’t end up qualifying for this particular scholarship, there are loads more opportunities on so check back often!


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Scholarship essays got you down?  Well, take a break and throw your creative energy into designing a tote bag at Startiste.  You could win a limited edition bag, a shopping spree at Startiste, or the grand prize of college tuition funds.  They don’t specify exactly how much scholarship money is at stake, but every little bit helps, right?  It doesn’t cost anything to apply, and you can submit as many designs as you’d like until the November 1, 2008 deadline.  So visit Startiste to get started, and maybe I’ll see your fabulous design in stores soon!

And…don’t forget to let me know if you submit a tote, so I can visit the site and vote for your design!


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A few months ago, I told you about Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s latest book, The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School and the Right Price. It’s a wonderful, practical tool for finding and saving money for college, and next week you can catch even more great insights and advice for affording college in O’Shaughnessy’s free webcast.

In this webinar O’Shaughnessy uncovers “industry secrets” on how colleges actually parcel out financial aid—and how even “average” students can maximize their share. Learn how to send your kids to expensive private schools for virtually the cost of an in-state public college… and how promising students can pay significantly less than the “sticker price” even at the best state universities.

Sign up here to register for The College Solution Webcast with Lynn O’Shaughnessy.

How do you feel about paying for college?


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Established within one week of the attacks on America, September 11, 2001, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® will ultimately provide more than $100 million in postsecondary education assistance to an entire generation of financially needy dependents of those who died or were permanently disabled in the attacks on 9/11. The Fund has already provided millions of dollars in scholarship support, and will continue to provide education assistance through the year 2030.

The Fund was established with the foresight that the loss of a family provider on 9/11 would put the educational futures of thousands of students in jeopardy. For those dependents with financial need, postsecondary education remains within reach thanks to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and the hundreds of charitable organizations and individuals that donated their time and resources to help.

Today let’s remember those heroes and victims of 9/11, and if you would like more information about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® please visit their website.


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thecollegesolution.jpgI was recently asked to review financial journalist Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s new book The College Solution. It’s filled with tons of great and practical advice for saving and affording college whether you’re a high school senior or the parent of a first grader. Here’s the copy from the back cover:

“Forget the rankings! Discover what really matters: the quality and value of the programs your child wants and needs. O’Shaughnessy uncovers “industry secrets” on how colleges actually parcel out financial aid-and how even “average” students can maximize their share. Learn how to send your kids to expensive privates schools for virtually the cost of an in-state public college…and how promising kids can pay significantly less than the “sticker price” even at the best state universities.”

Visit O’Shaughnessy’s website to learn more and pick up your copy.


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