2024 Cancer Pathways - Teen Writing Contest
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We invite you to submit a short essay about your experience with cancer for the opportunity to win $1,000. Since the contest began in 2006, we have received over 8,100 submissions and awarded over $320,000 in prize money to teens. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 1, 2024. Winners will be chosen in early May.

Learning about a cancer diagnosis – your own or that of a loved one – can cause a storm of emotions, and everyone experiences it differently. We want to know what this experience was like for you.

  • Open to teens living in the United States in grades 9-12
  • Maximum essay length: 1,500 words
  • Essays must be original content of the author and in their own voice. 
  • Essays can be in Spanish but they will be translated to English to be judged
  • Not eligible: poems, essays about a pet, or fiction
  • Deadline for entries is March 1, 2024.
  • Winners will be awarded $1,000. *Note: winners will be asked to fill out an IRS W-9 form.
  • Winners will attend the virtual celebration on May 19, 2024
  • Teens are eligible to win the contest once.