Writers and their written work have been a part of our history for a long time. Those writers have played a major role in changing our history and passing on the history to the future generation. From Alexander Hamilton to Ida B. Wells, writers’ works have a huge impact on how all people see the world. So, for this OnWord Writing Competition, which was announced by the American Writers Museum, students are invited to submit their entries on how they would use writing to create the change they want to see in the world. The students are free to explore any form of writing that is suitable for them, like an essay, a poem, a play, a song, and a short story. The contest will be separated into three groups, namely Elementary Grade Level (Grades 3-5), Middle School Grade Level (Grades 6-8), and High School Grade Level (Grades 9-12). Two winners from the Elementary Grade category will receive $500, two winners from the Middle School category will receive $1,000, and two winners from the high school category will receive $2,000.
Writing competitions are useful to persuade more students to take part in reading, writing, expressing, and presenting different types of works. Moreover, writing contests can help the organizers find students or children with potential that can become professional writers and have an impact on the world. The judges are qualified and experienced in choosing the best writing, and students can use this chance to get feedback on their works or find out if their works are prize-worthy or not.
American Writers Museum connects visitors from all across the country who have their own distinct, diverse American writing with many forms. This organization is devoted to American writers and their works while inspiring the discovery of new works of every type – poetry, lyrics, speeches, drama, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and more. American Writers Museum is located in Chicago, Illinois, and is meant to provide a one-of-a-kind museum experience downtown. The existence of their vision, passion, and tenacity of this museum is all because of its founder, Malcolm O’Hagan.
Refer to the below table for more details of the scholarship:
|Organization||American Writers Museum|
|Educational Level||Elementary, Middle School, High School|
|Number of Awards||Multiple|
|Application Deadline||June 15, 2021|
|Requirement||An essay, a short story, a poem, a play, a song between 200 and 1000 words|
Who May Be Eligible?
- Elementary Grade Level (Grades 3-5), Middle School Grade Level (Grades 6-8), and High School Grade Level (Grades 9-12)
How to Apply
Teachers who want to submit their students’ entries can access the teacher instructions and judging rubric for the competition on www.AmericanWritersMuseum.org/education. They can complete the form and submit the entry.
- An essay, a short story, a poem, a play, a song between 200 and 1000 words
- Two winners from the Elementary Grade category will receive $500
- Two winners from the Middle School category will receive $1,000
- Two winners from the High School category will receive $2,000
All entries for the Onward Writing Competition must be submitted by June 15, 2021.