Young Spurs Writing Contest

Young Spurs Writing Contest 2021

This is the 10th year the University of North Texas’ Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has teamed up with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Biographers International to offer this prestigious opportunity to young writers.

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

The 2021 Young Spurs theme focuses on environmental issues.

The Young Spurs writing contest is open to U.S. high school students grades 9 through 12 as of the entry deadline.

Students who enter their work to the Young Spurs contest have a chance to win complimentary registration to the virtual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. A complimentary registration will be awarded to their teacher/mentors.

Young Spurs will attend a virtual workshop later this year, where they will have a chance to work with an award-winning journalist who will critique their winning entries and give them advice on reporting, researching, writing and becoming more effective storytellers.

The deadline to enter for submissions via the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is March 3, 2021.

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 April 16, 2021.

Download application

For any questions, please contact:

Jo Ann Livingston
Writing Contest Coordinator
mayborncontest@unt.edu
214-403-5853

Good luck, young writers!