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11th Annual Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is an annual event sponsored by Gilda’s Club. This essay writing contest is for any teen in grades 9 through 12, in Washington State, who has been touched by cancer either through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member or friend.  

Dealing with cancer can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries. We want to hear about your experience. We are looking for honest essays, with an authentic ability to move readers. Contest winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Contest Rules:

  • Entries must be between 500 and 2,000 words
  • Entries must be in English
  • Contest entries must be submitted by March 20, 2016
  • You must be currently enrolled as a 9th through 12th grade student
  • You must be a Washington State Resident
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Read Winning Essays from the Past Teen Writing Contests



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Did You Know?

“Many of my patients have found hope and joy in the many activities and educational programs you offer. Having lost my wife, Marsha, to ovarian cancer in 1993, I personally understand the pain that patients and their families go through and I commend Gilda's Club for filling this need in the Seattle community.”

Saul E. Rivkin, MD
Hematology, Medical Oncology, Swedish Cancer Institute, Chairman of the Board & Founding Director, Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research

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