August 31, 2018

Cancer Unwrapped


Annual writing contest for high school students touched by cancer, whether through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one.

Experiencing a cancer diagnosis can cause a storm of emotions.  Whether cancer has made you feel angry, sad, lonely, or even grateful, we want to hear about it.  The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest invites high school students to submit essays about their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes.  Since the contest began in 2006, we have received more than 2,900 submissions and handed out over $135,000 in prize money.

What you write about is up to you.   Over the years we have received essays about the cancer diagnosis of family members, teachers, and friends, as well as essays about cancer in the abstract.  We have received stories of triumph and stories of great loss, stories written in times of turbulence and stories written in times of quiet reflection.  Every story has been honest and heartfelt, and each one is unique.

The contest was created to serve high school students living in Washington State.  This year we created a contest to students throughout the U.S.  The essay requirements are the same, but the deadline and prize amount are different. Click on the appropriate link below to submit your essay or contact Liz Lange with questions at liz@cancerpathways.orgor 206-709-1400.

We look forward to reading your story!

Contest for Washington State Residents

  • Open to residents of Washington State only
  • Contest winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize
  • Deadline: March 4, 2019

The contest deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting entries. Check back in September 2019 for information about the 2020 contest for Washington State residents.

Cancer Unwrapped USA

  • Open to students residing in the United States in grades 9-12
  • Contest winners will receive a $500 cash prize
  • Deadline: April 15, 2019

Click here to enter.