Young Spurs Writing Contest

Young Spurs Writing Contest 2022

This is the 13th 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.

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

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 top 10 essayists, as chosen form among the entries submitted to the Mayborn and Bush Library contests, will be notified on or before October 1, 2023.

The deadline to enter for the 2023 contest has closed as of March 1. Check back in 2024 for updated contest information!

For any questions, please contact:

Jo Ann Livingston
Writing Contest Coordinator

Good luck, young writers!