High school juniors and seniors invited to submit work to USC writing contest

Submission deadline is December 2

logo-schcThe South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and USC Press invite South Carolina high school juniors and seniors to enter the Fourth Annual High School Writing Contest. Public, private, and home-school students are welcome to submit work.

In 750 words or less, writing in any genre or combination of genres (essay, short story, poem, play, etc.), students should answer this question: “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?”

Submissions are evaluated based on originality of response and quality of writing. First-round winners will be invited to the USC Columbia campus to participate in the second round competition in March 2017. The second round will consist of an impromptu 40-minute essay response to be written that day.

The first-round winners will be published in a USC Press anthology in the Young Palmetto Books series and receive additional recognition. For each grade level, the Grand Prize winners, as selected by the judges, will receive additional cash awards: First Prize–$1000; Second Prize–$500; Third Prize–$250.

Complete details and a submission form are available online. Submission deadline is December 2.


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