Archive for February, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA offers a seven week summer arts program.  Available for rising juniors and seniors, it runs from June 26-August 6, 2010.  Advanced Placement credit is an option.

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program

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The Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award is a writing contest for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the U.S. and Canada. The award is made in memory of Sylvia K. Burack, longtime editor and publisher of The Writer. Burack was known for her dedication to helping writers and editors.

The winning writer will receive:

• $500
• Publication in The Writer magazine and on WriterMag.com
• A one-year subscription to The Writer
• A copy of the Gotham Writers’ Workshop anthology Fiction Gallery

Submission: To enter, submit a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: “Select a work of fiction, poem or play that has influenced you. Discuss the work and explain how it affected you.” No song lyrics. For essay writing tips, visitWriterMag.com.

Eligibility: You must be a student in grade 11 or 12 attending a U.S. or Canadian high school at the time you submit the essay. The winner will be asked to provide proof of enrollment in grade 11 or 12 in a U.S. or Canadian high school. Employees of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co. and Gotham Writers’ Workshop and their families are not eligible to participate.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2011

For more information: http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/Burack.php

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The Summer Young Artist Residency Program is available for a limited number of students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school Fall 2010.

Accepted students choose a full schedule of courses from the Summer Pre-college program and live in the Lesley University residencies on our Cambridge campus.

The AIB studios are located on our Boston campus, however a free university shuttle is provided to and from Cambridge. A program of evening and weekend events is included in the residency program price along with meals and local transportation. The residency program, complete with successful coursework and activities, carries six college credits. Scholarships are not available for this program.

For more information:  http://www.lesley.edu/aib/curriculum/precollege.html

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For students who are driven by creative ideas or intuitive talents, who are above average in the classroom and want a fun, intellectual challenge this summer, A+ Summer is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students have the exclusive opportunity to live and study with like-minded peers at Stanford University, the academic heart of American innovation and entrepreneurship. With the help of a dynamic staff of dedicated “live-in” instructors, participants will push beyond standard school curriculum and learn to think outside of the box. Our stimulating courses build student proficiency in the logic, critical thinking, and writing skills that are essential for academic success at any level.

A+ Summer is divided into three separate sessions- one for middle school students, one for 9th and 10th graders, and one for entering 11th and 12th graders. Each program boasts an exciting schedule of classes and unforgettable recreational activities, including Bay Area excursions, guest speakers and daily entertainment.

For more information:  http://www.educationunlimited.com/camp/category/3/a+-summer.html

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Dare to Be You Essay Contest

The TAKE THE DARE: Dare to be You Essay Contest is here (for US and Canadian residents)! Entries are accepted until 03/31/2010. Homeschoolers welcome!

Who can enter

The competition is open to all students (including homeschoolers) in the United States and Canada. Students must be in grades 3-7 or the equivalent according to their school system. Students will compete within their grade level only.

Essay Topic

Students will be asked to think of a situation where they find themselves behaving in ways that don’t reflect who they truly are. Then they shall dare themselves to make a change. (Example: For the next week, I DARE to stop saying hurtful things to my little brother because I am NOT a mean person. I am a kind person.) Of course, change doesn’t always happen overnight, so they should try it for at least a week.  Once students have completed the Dare, they should each write a personal essay about their experience.

Evaluation Criteria

All essays will be judged against the following criteria:

* Engaging voice and writing style
* Originality of content
* Clear purpose
* Appropriate tone and natural word choice
* Organization and logic
* Writing mechanics and spelling


Finalists’ entries will be published in a yet-to-be-titled paperback anthology. Each finalist will receive a complimentary copy of the book and a certificate of achievement.  Among the finalists, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade will each receive a cash award of $50, $20, $10 respectively, and one Grand Prize winner will a $200 cash award.


All entries must be postmarked by March 31st, 2010.

Visit http://www.cynthealiu.com/contests for full rules and entry forms.

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Yesterday we mentioned the Kenyon Review’s Young Writers workshop.  Here’s information on a contest for poets where the prize is a full scholarship to the workshop.

From the Kenyon Review website:

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to theKenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The second and third place winners will also see their poems published.

Young Writers

The contest is named in honor of Patricia Grodd in recognition of her generous support of The Kenyon Reviewand its programs, as well as her passionate commitment to education and deep love for poetry.

The final judge of the contest is KR poetry editor David Baker.

Submissions will be accepted electronically November 1 through November 30, 2009. The link to the submissions page for the contest will be active from this webpage on November 1, 2009.


Only one submission per entrant

Must be a high school sophomore or junior to enter.

Kenyon Review Contest

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Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, is renown for its writing program. Their literary journal, The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s preeminent literary journals, sponsors a camp every summer for young writers ages 16-18.

Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Their goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. For more than eighteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

If you’re wondering about majoring in a writing-related major in college (English, Journalism, Comparative Literature, etc.) attending a camp such as this is a good way to check out a college and what the courses in the major would be like.

Applications to The Kenyon Review Young Writers camps for 2010  will be available in January.  In the meantime, check out the website.

The Kenyon College website.

Enter the Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest for a chance to win a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop.

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