Archive for December, 2011

Some girls just have a way with words. And a story to tell. And could definitely find a way to spend an extra $5,000.

If that sounds like you then you have to enter the Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest.

Seventeen, Figment, and Scholastic are teaming up to bring you this year’s fiction contest! One lucky winner will get a $5,000 cash prize, the opportunity to have her story published on Seventeen.com, and a phone call with Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy – Shiver, Linger, and Forever.

To enter, all you need to do is write an amazing, completely original story about absolutely anything, of no more than 500 words. Sounds doable, right?

All entries must be submitted by December 31, 2011 (at 11:59:59, ET), so don’t procrastinate, and get your story in now! Then vote for your favorite stories by “hearting” them — you can heart as many stories as you like, and it’s your hearts that determine 50 of the 60 finalists. The top 50 hearted entries, plus 10 wildcards chosen by Seventeen, will be judged by the Editors from Seventeen magazine and Maggie Stiefvater. They’ll consider all 60 finalists, and announce one grand prize winner on or around April 1, 2012. Remember, your story can be on any topic you like, so be creative!

Sorry dudes, this contest is open to girls ages 13 to 21 only!

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Open to all high school students, currently enrolled in 9th through 12th grades, attending public or private schools from the United States and abroad. Essays must be in English, be original, unpublished, and written entirely by student, contain student’s original opinions and recommendations based on research, be at least 1,500 words in length but no more than 2,000 (Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count).

Deadline January 31, 2012.
 1st place $3,000
 2nd place $2,000
 3rd place $1,000
 4th – 15th place $ 300 (Honorable mention)
 16th – 30th place $ 50 (Honorable mention)
 All students who rank from 1st place to 30th place will be awarded a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York for the award ceremony in May 2012 (tentative date). Students will also have the opportunity to meet honorable U.S. Congress members, visit U.S. Capitol, participate in discussions with their peers from around the world, visit local university and think-tank organizations, and enjoy tourist attractions.

Airfare, accommodations, meals, and transportation to Washington, D.C. & New York will all be sponsored by the
 Gulen Institute.


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