Phyliss J. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing

Entries will be accepted until July 23rd, 2020. On August 6th, 2020, a grand prize scholarship winner ($1,000) and two runners up ($50) will be announced, and (pending author approval) their stories will be featured on the Learncurious website and blog. Entrants must be current or rising (2020-2021) high school juniors or seniors to win.

2020 Prompts:
In 3000 words or fewer, respond to one of the following prompts:

  • NARRATIVE: Tell a story about someone coping with loss or taking a leap of faith.
  • META: Describe a major turning point in your evolution as a writer.
  • WACKY: Complete the 20 Mad-Lib-style fill-in-the-blanks below, then craft a story that includes each of your chosen words at least once.
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Eligibility

Entrants must be current or rising (2020-2021) high school juniors or seniors to win. US citizens and international students are welcome to apply.

Benefits

On August 6th, 2020, a grand prize scholarship winner ($1,000) and two runners up ($50) will be announced, and (pending author approval) their stories will be featured on the Learncurious website and blog. Prize money is intended to help with college application costs, test-taking fees, college visits, or first-year college expenses.

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Application

Please apply using the submission form on our website.
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