Written by Dominique McDonald
The art of writing is a beautiful thing. Words leap off the page and form alternate realities, where possibilities are endless. Sadly students are becoming more dependent on “text talk”; making adults ask the question “Students can tweet, but can they write?’’ If you happened to answered yes to that question, then you will be interested to know The Atlantic and College Board has a contest for you. The best part is you have a chance to win $2,500 or a grand prize of $5,000.
The Atlantic and College Board are aiming to give high school students a chance to prove their writing skills with an essay contest. The objective of your essay is to examine an important document from U.S. history and shed light on its significance based on personal experience, as well as current events. You can also draw connections between your chosen text and your community. High school students from around the world, between the ages of 16 to 19 are eligible to enter The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize. This is your chance to voice important world issues and open up a global conversation. To enter you’ll need to write a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay and find a teacher to sponsor you. Your teacher will have to submit the essay online between January 1st and February 28th.The Board will pick six finalists that will be awarded $2,500. As well as one grand prize winner who will receive $5,000 and the honor of being published in The Atlantic.
Writing is an amazing craft and it has the possibility of changing lives. However, much like anything else, a craft needs to be practiced. As a student, take all the opportunities you can obtain to practice your writing skills because when you get into the work force it becomes a huge deciding factor. That’s what makes this College Board contest so amazing and plus, who wouldn’t love an extra couple thousand dollars in their pocket?
Sign up at: https://www.collegeboard.org/writing-prize