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The $1000 for 1000 Word Essay Contest begins November 1st.

Contest is Now Open!

2016 $1000 for 1000 Words Contest now accepting stories.

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest is now open and accepting stories at! If you are a student in grade 6 – 12 with a passion for creative writing, visit our contest page to learn how to enter. Entries must be received by the end of the day, February 1, 2016.

Please help spread the word! Share or print our contest flyer, or forward our newsletter to any aspiring young authors you know. Are you a teacher? Please visit the educators’ page on our website to join our teacher mailing list, see excerpts from past contests, and get a copy of our creative writing curriculum.

Welcome Jay Richards!

We are happy to announce that Jay Richards has joined our Board of Directors! Jay teaches 8th grade English at Central Middle School in San Carlos, CA. He has been involved with our foundation and contest since our first year, as a first round judge and, last year, as a member of our Editorial Committee. Many of his students have entered the contest, and one, Zachary Lo, was the winner of the inaugural $1000 middle school scholarship. In addition to being a director, Jay will take on the duties of Editorial Committee Chair, and be a member of the Executive Committee. Thanks Jay, and welcome!