September 15, 2017

Cancer Unwrapped 2018

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestIn 2006, Cancer Pathways recognized that there was an unmet need to reach teens affected by cancer in the Puget Sound region.  So we created a contest for high school students to share their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes.  Our initial belief that teens needed to share their stories was confirmed and the contest quickly grew to include teens throughout Washington State.  Since the contest began, we have received more than 2,500 entries and awarded over $120,000 in cash prizes.

The goal of Cancer Unwrapped is to provide teens with a place to tell their stories, whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. We want to hear about their own experience, and allow them to use their own voice. Over the years we have received essays about family members, teachers and friends, as well as essays about cancer in the abstract. We have received stories of triumph and great loss, stories written in times of turbulence and in times of quiet reflection. Every story has been honest and heartfelt, and each one is unique.

In 2015 we opened a new contest for middle school students in the Puget Sound region.  Students are encouraged to write a letter to someone about their cancer experience.  The recipient could be a family member or loved one (alive or deceased), the author in the past, present or future, or the letter could be addressed to cancer itself.  

This year we created a new category for high school students in Northwest states.  Residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming are invited to submit an essay for the opportunity to win one of several $500 prizes.  We look forward to receiving excellent essays from students affected by cancer in these states.

Essays should be well-written, with a story that is easy to follow from start to finish  Most of all, essays should be honest.  Contact Liz Lange at 206-709-1400 or liz@cancerpathways.org with questions.

Contest winners in Washington State will be invited to attend an awards reception at Cancer Pathways on May 6th, 2018.

Washington State High School Students

Write an essay about your experience with cancer.

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Open to students in grades 9-12 in Washington State
  • Essays must be between 500-2,000 words in length
  • Essays must be submitted in English
  • Deadline: March 11, 2018

Click here to enter.

Puget Sound Area Middle School Students

Write a letter about your experience with cancer.

  • $250 cash prize
  • Open to students in grades 6-8 in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties
  • Letters must be no more than 750 words in length
  • Letters must be submitted in English
  • Deadline: March 4, 2018

Click here to enter.

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming High School Students

Write an essay about your experience with cancer.

  • $500 cash prize
  • Open to students in grades 9-12 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming
  • Essays must be between 500-2,000 words in length
  • Essays must be submitted in English
  • Deadline: May 14, 2018

Click here to enter.