- $5,000 in cash
- An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
- One on one attention from four editors or agents
- A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
- A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash
All top winners will also receive:
- A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
- The Grand Prize winning piece and the 1st place winning piece in each category will be published in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.
- All other top winners will have their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.
All Honorable Mentions receive:
- 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
- Their names listed in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.
- Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
- Memoirs/Personal Essay
- Magazine Feature Article
- Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
- Mainstream/Literary Short Story
- Rhyming Poetry
- Non-rhyming Poetry
- Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
- Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
How to Enter
- Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, poems posted online to poets’ personal blogs, social media accounts, or online forums (like the comments on the Poetic Asides blog) are eligible. Anything posted online by a third party is considered to be published.
- If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
- BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
- Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
- Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
- For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQpage.
- Click here for the offline entry form.
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To affirm our commitment to academic excellence, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and F3 Student AwardsTM (F3) have created an annual essay contest awarding five education awards of $1,000 each for high school students.
2018 Contest Has Now Closed; Winners to Be Announced in Late Spring
TOPIC: Why Education Matters
How do you define success and the role of education in helping you achieve your goal? What are your unique passions and interests? Tell us how you plan to use these personal qualities and experiences to achieve your plans for the future.
PRIZES: Each of the five winners of the CALSA / F3 "Why Education Matters Essay" Contest will receive a $1000 education award.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for the education awards is reserved exclusively for seniors attending a public high school in California and planning to attend a community college or a four-year university upon graduation in June 2018.
DISCLAIMER: CALSA and F3 do not assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
The student entrant must not put his/her name on the essay.
Each student entry must include the student's telephone number, including area code, in the upper right hand corner of each page. It must be the same number as that listed on the application form.
F3 will forward entries to judges selected by CALSA for assessment. Essays will be assessed on content and style, including but not limited to passion, clear, articulate, and logical organization, development of ideas expressed, insight, creativity, and completeness and consistency in the use of language, variety in sentence structure, range of vocabulary, use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Essays must be solely the work of the student entrant. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified.
- Entrants must submit only one essay.
- Decisions of the judges are final.
- All entries become property of CALSA and F3. They will not be returned.
Award winners will be notified by April, 2018. The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the criteria stated above. Prizes are nontransferable. All prizes will be awarded. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.
Essays must be original, not in the public domain, factually accurate, and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an essay, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.
Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and, for students 17 years of age or younger, their parents/guardians, will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability, and a grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must provide a street address where CALSA and/or F3 can mail the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and, if applicable, a tax form.
All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of CALSA and/or F3, which may use, edit, and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to use winners' names and other biographical data, including but not limited to, hometowns, schools and school districts of attendance, in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.