Cancer Unwrapped 2018

In 2006, Cancer Pathways recognized an unmet need to reach teens affected by cancer in the Puget Sound region and created the Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest. Our 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.

This year we have 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 a $500 prize.  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 held in their honor 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.