Past Contests

Writing contest open to teens affected by cancerExperiencing 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 4,300 submissions and handed out over $150,000 in prize money.

The Cancer Unwrapped® Teen Writing Contest is open to students living in the US, and essays from students living in Washington State are judged separately.  You can read the excellent essays by our 2018-2019 contest winners below.

The contest will re-open October 2019.  Please contact info@cancerpathways.org with any questions or to request more information.

Writing Contest Winners from the U.S.

   
 Katelyn Davis
Why Do the Good People Have to Die

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestBrenna Larkin
Losing My Father

Hayden Lohr
Hindsight

Sommer Sison
Dear Cancer

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestRachel Williams
Cancer Can't Take It All

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestJoseph Yourkoski
Cancer - More than a Word

Writing Contest Winners from Washington State

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestBalin Hanson
Truth and Triumph

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestMacen Kroll
My Journey

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestFelicia Lewko
Cancer's Effect

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestAlina Matsumoto
Knotted Happiness

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestIsabelle Simons
In the Family

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing ContestCecilia Wroblewski
Beautiful Pain

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