Friday, March 28, 2014

Recycle Your College App Essay & Win $5000

Until today, I liked to joke that the college application essay was the most popular genre of writing in the country these days. As of two days ago, when this news came out, it's no longer a joke. 

Here's a notice about this contest, in which 12 essays will win the writers $5000 scholarships. Read on. Click on the link below that starts with "Extra Credit." And let me know if you win!

"Teenagers know: Of all the rituals that mark the final year of high school, there’s nothing more high-stakes, time-consuming and soul-searching than the college entrance essay.
All that work tends to disappear once it’s submitted to a university admissions office, but now a new contest is offering students the chance to have their essays read by best-selling authors and win $5,000.

"—a blogging platform for writers—is calling it “Extra Credit: A Scholarship Program Rewarding Excellent College Application Essays.” Motto: "Great stories are buried in that annual pile. We intend to find them."

"You can take part if you will be graduating from high school this spring and entering college in the fall. Your essay can be on any topic, but all entries must be unpublished, original pieces of work. The deadline to submit is May 19.

"The top 12 essays—as determined by how many users read and recommended the works—will be sent to a panel of judges, including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen and best-selling authors Wally Lamb, Kelly Corrigan, Jeff Kinney and Mary Roach.
Their top three picks will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship. For more information, visit"

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