Attention all students: You can be the next J.K. Rowling! This is your chance to show off your writing skills, get published and win a cash scholarship.

You do not have to be an advanced writer to take part. All you need is your imagination and Microsoft Word.

Just think about how many words we use every day in conversations, texts and emails. This is an opportunity to use words in a creative and unique way. You may have some questions before you dive in, so here are the answers!

Scholarship Essay Contest Details

What is the deadline and where/how do I submit my scholarship essay?

All submissions are due by September 8, 2017 and must be delivered via email to solidessay(at) as a Microsoft Word or Google Docs attachment. If you submit the scholarship essay in the body of the email, it will be disqualified. Be sure your full name and email address are typed at the top of the essay. Failure to do so will disqualify your entry. Any entries received after the due date will be disqualified.

What is the word limit?

Minimum number of words is 600 and maximum is 800.

Who will review my scholarship essay submission?

English teachers and editors will review each submission. We will redact your name before the essays are submitted to the judges so they can review each one anonymously. We have found this is the fairest way to review submissions.

How many winners will be chosen and when will I find out if I'm one of them?

Three winners will be chosen as follows:

  • First place wins a scholarship of $1000
  • Second place wins a scholarship of $700
  • Third place wins a scholarship of $500
Winners of SolidEssay Scholarship Essay Contest will be notified via email no later than September 25, 2017.

Will my essay be published somewhere?

Once the 3 winners are chosen, they will be notified via email and after signing a release, their essay will be published on our website and on our social media.

Scholarship Essay Contest Guidelines

  • Plagiarism of any kind will result in immediate disqualification. We will use plagiarism checking software.
  • Essays are to be written in English.
  • You may choose only one of the topics below.
  • If you want to include an image, you may do so, but your essay must still be between 600 and 800 words. Please be sure to give proper credit for any image or photograph that was not created or taken by you. If you were not the original creator of the image or photograph, and your essay was chosen as a winner, we will not be able to include it.

Scholarship Essay Topics

This is where the fun begins. Select ONE topic below and be sure to include the topic number after your name and email address on the top, first page of your essay. For example:

Email address
Topic: #2

Are you ready? Here are your topics:

TOPIC #1: Writing Tips on How to Evoke Emotions in Your Readers

As a writer, how do you evoke emotions from your readers? For example, what would you write that would make them cry or make them sad? This is not only about what you would write, but how you would write it.

TOPIC #2: Writing Tips From Nonfiction Writers

Nonfiction writing means it is based on a real story or real facts. Examples would be biographies or true crime novels. What are some tips for successful non-fiction writing? What facts would draw a reader in from page one to the final chapter?

TOPIC #3: The Dos and Don'ts of Novel Endings

What makes a great novel? Think of War and Peace or The Notebook. As a writer, what are the Dos and Don'ts when it comes to novel endings? Is it always the best approach to end a sad story with a happy ending or do you want to surprise your readers?

TOPIC #4: How and Where to Get Your Book Published

The days of finding a book agent who finds a publisher have made way to new and novel ways of getting a book published. What are the different ways authors can publish their books these days? What are the associated costs? What are the benefits and downside in going the traditional publication route versus some of the newer ones?

TOPIC #5: Is It Worth Going to College?

This is a controversial issue these days as the costs of a college education and the resulting debt has become a big news story. What are the benefits of a 4-year degree? Is it for everyone? If so, why and if not, why not?

Don't be discouraged if you are not selected as one of the three winners. You've made the leap and have written an essay and that's commendable. So have fun with this and good luck!

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