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 7,000 submissions and awarded over $320,000 in prize money to teens. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 3, 2023.

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 in the United States in grades 9-12
  • Maximum essay length: 1,500 words
  • Not eligible: poems, essays about a pet, or fiction
  • Deadline for entries is March 3, 2023.
  • Winners will be awarded $1,000. *Note: winners will be asked to fill out an IRS W-9 form.
  • Winners will attend the virtual reception May 20,2023 and asked to read their essays
  • Teens are eligible to win the contest once.