National Writing Contest for Teens and High School Students

24 June 2010

National Writing Contest for Teens and High School Students

Each month, Stage of Life features a national writing contest for teens and high school students. This student writing competition is a non-fiction, memoir, blogging, essay-style contest for teens in high school.  We want to hear your authentic voice in your submission.

June’s Writing Topic/Theme: 

“What is the most difficult thing (for you) about college?”

Continue reading below for submission details and the submission form button.

Writing Contest Winner Gets…

  1. “Featured Blogger” status on Stage of Life
  2. Stage of Life T-Shirt
  3. A cookie gift basket from Corso’s Cookies

Rules for the Monthly High School Writing Contest are as follows:

  • Essay must relate to the theme (see below).
  • Essay must be your original work.
  • Essay can be no longer than 500 words.
  • Essay must be non-fiction and follow the form of a diary, journal, blog, memoir, or essay.  That is to say…we want real stories about real life…from you.
  • Once entered, essay will become a part of Stage of Life’s public facing content so no foul language or inappropriate material.  Those enteries will be removed.
  • Registration to Stage of Life is required to enter the writing contest (it’s free and will allow you to join the writing community here on Stage of Life).
  • Writing submission must come from a current high school (grade 9-12) student or recent graduate.

Contest Judges:

Eric Thiegs:  CEO and Founder of Stage of Life

Rebecca Thiegs:  Senior Editor, Stage of Life.  Rebecca has her master’s in education from the University of Minnesota along with 12+ years teaching advanced English for high school students.  She’s currently freelancing as a curriculum consultant for McDaniel College’s Creative Writing Department on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative.

Sarah Hamaker:  A freelance writer and editor with more than a dozen years of experience, Sarah Hamaker is the author of Hired@Home, a guide to unlocking women’s work-from-home potential. She has a master’s degree in Literature and Language from Marymount University. Sarah has judged teen short story contests as well as magazine awards. Visit her online at

Visit the website for details and to enter:

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