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Monthly Writing Competition

March 2024 Prompt:


Learncurious is excited to announce a new monthly writing scholarship competition:

the 89-word story! 

We will issue a new prompt on the 1st of each month. 

The submission window will be open from the 1st through the 18th of each month.


On the 28th of each month, LearnCurious will announce the winning entry. 


Winning stories will be featured on our website and awarded a prize of a free 1-hour remote test-prep (digital SAT or ACT) or college admissions essay-writing tutoring lesson.  

Contest Submissions
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Rules & Details


1. Entries must be EXACTLY 89 words. 

2. Titles are included in the word count. 

3. Entries can be either poetry or prose. 

4. Hyphenated words count as one word for this contest.

5. Non-students, parents, teachers, and writers beyond high school age are welcome to enter. Awarded prize lessons do not expire and are transferrable / giftable to the student of the winner's choosing. 

6. Entrants must be 13+ years old. 

7. Participants may submit up to 3 entries. Entries must be submitted separately using the form on this page. 

8. Entries must be written in English but can include words/phrases/lines in other languages if they support the story. Please include a translation as a footnote if using idiomatic or dialect-specific phrasing. 

9. All submissions must be the original work of the person entering this contest. 

10. If chosen as our monthly winner, stories will be published on the LearnCurious website. Authors retain full rights to their work.


11. Entries submitted in non-approved formats (cloud service links, exceeding word count, images, etc.) will not be considered.

12. Entries must be submitted in the entry form field or as .docx or .pdf files using the file upload button on the entry form. 

Wanna write more? 

Our annual scholarship --

The Phyliss J. McCarthy Scholarship

for Excellence in Writing


-- is open to high school students and rising college freshmen, and submissions can be up to 2000 words!

Phyliss J. McCarthy

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