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Young Spurs Writing Contest

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Young Spurs Writing Contest 2017



This is the eighth year the University of North Texas’ Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has teamed up with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, BigThought of Dallas and Biographers International to offer this prestigious opportunity to young writers.

Conceived in 2010, the Young Spurs writing contest was established to offer high school and community college writers the opportunity to learn from journalism professionals at the annual conference in Grapevine, Texas.

The 2018 Young Spurs theme is pending.

The Young Spurs writing contest is open to U.S. high school and community college students, between 14-20 years old as of the entry deadline.

Students who enter their work to the Young Spurs contest have a chance to win complimentary registration and accommodations to the three-day Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference on July 20-22, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. A complimentary registration and accommodations also will be awarded to their teacher/mentors. A small travel stipend may be available.

Young Spurs will attend a half-day workshop on Friday, July 20, critiquing their winning entries and will spend the rest of the weekend attending lectures and panel discussions centered around our central 2018 theme: Are You Entertained?

The 2018 deadline for submissions directly to the Mayborn is TBD (typically mid-March).

The 2018 deadline to enter via the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is TBD.

The top 10 essayists, as chosen from among the entries submitted to the Mayborn and the Bush Library contests, will be notified on or about May 1, 2018.

For requirements and instructions, refer to the contest application.

For any questions, please contact:

Jo Ann Livingston
Writing Contest Coordinator

Good luck, young writers!