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Raise Your Voice! | Maine Public

Raise Your Voice! | Maine Public | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Raise Your Voice!

Maine Public and the Maine Writing Project are offering a new opportunity for young people who have ideas they want to share: the Raise Your Voice Workshops, free, two-week, summer writing experiences for high school students.

It's the perfect opportunity to develop your writing chops and get your work published for the Maine Public audience.

You'll be working with seasoned writers and teachers to develop writing and multimedia that we can feature on Raise Your Voice, our student forum for all things growing up, making it in the world, building a future, and making schools vibrant, dynamic places.

This free program will take place from July 24 through August 4 at three separate locations: Baxter Academy for Science and Technology in Portland; Thomas College in Waterville; and the University of Maine in Orono. Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and you'll find a mix of time to write, explore your ideas, and try out new techniques.

You'll get the chance to focus your writing around an issue you care about, and you'll explore ways to blend images, audio, poetry, journalism, and other ways of communicating that build your case and help tell your story.
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The Search Is On to Find the Nation’s Best High School Writers: Introducing Spark a Story

The Search Is On to Find the Nation’s Best High School Writers: Introducing Spark a Story | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches Spark a Story, a creative writing contest to find, celebrate and publish the best original short stories written by high schoolers.

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Current Art and Writing Contest

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Memories Spoken and Heard: Intersecting Perspectives of the Holocaust is the theme of the 15th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest at Chapman University.
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Listen to a Life Essay Contest Now Open

Listen to a Life Essay Contest Now Open | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Each 300-word entry must be submitted by an intergenerational team consisting of one young person, 8 to 18 years old, and one older person, at least 50 years old, from the United States or Canada. The essay must be an original, true story about a real event or experience in the older entrant’s life and be based on an actual interview the young person completes in person, over the phone, or via the Internet with a living older adult."
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Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards

Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

NCTE and Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards. Writing contest deadline for students to enter is April 30. 

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Read and vote for this year's Facing History Student Essay Contest! 

Read and vote for this year's Facing History Student Essay Contest!  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Facing History and Ourselves teaches us to think about the world in a new way, igniting an ongoing conversation about how we can build a society free of racism, anti semitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds.
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Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards

Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The awards are presented annually by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Three young writers also won awards for their writing: 

Alicia Thurston, Topsham, for Poetry http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-poetry/

Emily Noyes, Orono, for Fiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-fiction/ ;

Faris Baziga, Portland for Nonfiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-non-fiction/ ;

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Out of the Easy - College Scholarship Essay Contest - Penguin Group (USA)

To enter the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the "Contest"), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:

Ruta Sepetys' new book, Out of the Easy, references the following quote from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?
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Nicholas Kristof's Contest on Bullying - Teen Ink - A teen literary magazine and website

Nicholas Kristof's Contest on Bullying - Teen Ink - A teen literary magazine and website | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. Students must be age 13-19 to participate, register and/or submit work.
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