• Diverse Minds Writing Challenge Scholarship

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    Diverse Minds Writing Challenge.  is getting ready to launch our 2016-2017 Challenge scholarship opportunity. As a reminder, this innovative competition asks high school students (grades 9-12) enrolled in District of Columbia Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools and Prince George's County Public Schools, or enrolled in private, charter or independent schools within those counties/cities to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity or inclusion.  The first place-winning individual or team will receive a college scholarship of $5,000, and B’nai B’rith will professionally publish the winning submission – making the student a published author!  Stipends are also awarded to both the winning students' sponsoring teachers and schools.  

    Students in 9-12th grades enrolled in District of Columbia Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools and Prince George's County Public Schools, or enrolled in private, charter or independent schools within those counties/cities, are eligible to participate.

    Please thoroughly read the contest rules, write and illustrate your book, and submit the manuscript by the contest deadline.

     

    Contest Details

    Contest participants should think about how tolerance, diversity and inclusion can improve our world, and then create innovative ways to share these ideas with elementary-aged children through a children’s book.
     
    Submissions should provide a story that children can identify with and relate to, alongside of illustrations that are thoughtful, beautiful and relatable to the story outlined on each page.

    While this is not a comprehensive list, students can consider the following issues when choosing a topic for their books:
    • Bullying in schools
    • Children and adults with disabilities
    • Diverse families: LGBT parents; inter-generational, foster and single parent homes
    • Equal rights
    • Religious and cultural tolerance
     

    Contest Rules

    • The contest is open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in the listed contest cities/regions who have not previously published an original manuscript for profit. If you have a question about if your high school is in the contest region, please email diverseminds@bnaibrith.org.
    • Entries must be the original work of the student(s) and only one entry is accepted per student/team.
    • Submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and must be written for an audience of children in grades K-5. Please note that long blocks of text are not age-appropriate.
    • Entries should consist of a complete story with full-color illustrations and include text and art on each page; any type of artistic medium may be used.
    • Entries shall be no longer than 24 pages, with a minimum of 16 pages.
    • Students may work individually or as a team of two to complete the project. Teams will split the scholarship prize money.
    • Submissions must include a cover letter. (Please refer to Submission Guidelines for details)
    • Once submitted, all entries are property of B'nai B'rith International. B'nai B'rith retains all rights to the content of the books.
     

    Contact Us

    Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge 
    B'nai B'rith International 

    4605 Lankershim Blvd, Suite 710
    Los Angeles, CA 91602

    Email: diverseminds@bnaibrith.org 

    Phone: 1-323-308-0195  

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