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I’m really moved by Lisa McMann, YA author of Wake and the forthcoming Fade, and her recent announcement of the Fund Your Dreams Essay Contest.  Inspired by her own challenging childhood and path to college (you can read her story here), McMann and her publisher Simon and Schuster are sponsoring a writing contest where the winner will receive $1000 to further his or her life goals.  To be considered, applicants must answer the question “What is the greatest obstacle you’ve ever overcome?” in 500 words or less.  Contest starts today and the deadline for entries is March 6, 2009.  For the official rules and more information, visit Lisa McMann’s website.  Good luck, and happy holidays!!


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Olive Garden is now accepting entries for the 13th Annual Pasta Tales Contest, and this year’s essay topic is “How would you use the Internet to change your community for the better?”

The author of the overall winning essay will receive a trip to New York City, $2500 savings bond, and a dinner at Olive Garden in Times Square.  A winner also will be chosen in each grade category and will receive a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden.

Entries must be received by December 19th, 2008.  For more details and to submit your essay visit Olive Garden’s website. !Buona fortuna!


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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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