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11th Annual High School Seniors
           English Essay Contest

This year's contest is now closed.
Application deadline was February 14.
Please check back here again in the fall for next year's essay contest.
Thank you for your interest.

The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth. The theme of the 2015–16 competition is pink ink ("We write not only about different things; we also write differently"—Brecht).

The following approaches are suggestions only.

  1. We're Here and We're Queer: Interviews with Queer Teenagers and Their Friends
  2. Living Healthy Lives as Queer Teenagers
  3. Queer Youth around the World
  4. Getting Smart: Education Issues of Queer Teenagers

Judges will award points based on originality, accuracy, objectivity, and effectiveness (the ability to change readers' opinions, attitudes, or behavior). Grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation count. All entries become the property of the Queer Foundation. Winners must agree to the use by the Queer Foundation of their names, images, and biographical information in promotional efforts related to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

2015–16 Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications was February 14, 2016.

More information is available on the scholarship application form.

To view the scholarship application form, please click here.