Opportunities for Writers – January 2017

BWH isn’t meeting for much of January, but there are some great opportunities for writers this month.

In the first week of January there is a call for judges for the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards in the DC Metro Region to discover the best teen writing. If you want to help discover young authors, or are interested in being a judge in a writing contest, this is a great opportunity. All information is below.

And on January 15, applications open for the Explore the World Travel Scholarship from HI USA in selected cities (of which Baltimore is one!). This scholarship awards $2000 to help finance an international trip that has an educational or service component in its itinerary. Candidates must be 18-30 years old and planning an international trip before August 2018, among other criteria. Application info here.


Enjoy the holidays and keep writing!



Annual Judging Read-A-Thon!

The deadline for this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards has passed and it is the most submissions we’ve ever had. Teens from across the Metro DC area have poured their hearts into their work and we need your expertise to recognize the best works among them.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest and most prestigious teen writing recognition program. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more. Students who participate receive early recognition for their talent, earn impressive credentials for college applications, and have access to over $8 million in scholarships and tuition assistance.

As DC Regional Affiliate, Writopia Lab brings our literary community together each year to help read and recognize teen writing for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at our full-day and half-day Read-A-Thons. We would be happy to have you join in on the fun! We welcome participation from: authors, playwrights, poets, editors, librarians, MFA candidates, university faculty, and anyone in the writing and literary practice.

Details: Saturday, January 7th, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday, January 8th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Feel free to come to either session, or both!

Applications for acting as a 2017 judge here.

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