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Cancer Pathway’s Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is Open for Submissions

Cancer Pathway’s Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is now open for teens in grades 9-12 to write a short essay about their own cancer experience or the diagnosis of a loved one for the opportunity to win one of several $1,000 cash prizes. The contest closes on March 4, 2022. More information is available at Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest.

Cancer Unwrapped

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is a national writing contest that gives teens an opportunity to share stories of triumph, stories of great loss, stories written in times of turbulence, and stories written in times of quiet reflection. Over 6,100 teens have submitted their essays and parents of the teens and judges of the contest have been inspired and touched by these emotional essays. Many of our teen writers have told us this contest is the first time they have put their feelings into words and shared that the act of writing was therapeutic.

Cancer Pathways has been running this contest for 15 years and the essays they receive are emotional, honest, heartfelt and unique. In 2021, Cancer Pathways received 1,165 essays submitted by teen writers from all 50 states. Judges from all walks of life read the final round of essays. For the first time ever, we awarded honorable mentions to 288 young writers across the nation; and in the final round, 23 teens were chosen for their winning essays and invited to read their essays aloud at the annual reception.

About Cancer Pathways

Cancer Pathways was formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle – named in honor of Gilda Radner, who, when describing the emotional and social support she received when she had cancer, called for such places of participation, education, hope and friendship to be made available for people with cancer and their families and friends everywhere. Over the past 20 years, Cancer Pathways has envisioned a world where on one faces cancer alone.They have provided free educational and support services to individuals and families impacted by cancer. They have now touched over a half a million lives.

For more information on the contest please visit Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest.



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