National Writing Contest

Brittany PerryThe essays of the 2012 Mayborn National Biography Writing Contest winners are now posted at The winners of the 2013 Mayborn National History Writing Contest will be listed soon.

In past years, this contest tackled the art of biographies. This year, we are introducing a new theme—historical narratives. The Mayborn is looking for original, factual accounts of a person who left a deep and lasting legacy in his or her community, or an event that people remember.

This contest is open to all high school and community college students worldwide, ages 14-25 years old. Each student will need a teacher, parent or writer to mentor them through this process.

Ten students and their mentors will receive free admission to the 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference (July 19-21) in Grapevine, Texas, including hotel accommodations, meals and transportation. See details here. Come hang out with Pulitzer Prize winners and learn more from the master of the historical narrative, Ron Powers.

Jamie_studentThis is the third year that the University of North Texas’ Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has teamed up with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Big Thought to offer this prestigious opportunity to young writers from around the world.

Writers, to get started, follow these steps:

  1. to view Ron Powers’ seminar on writing historical narratives. The video is free and highly recommended. Ron Powers will lead the Mayborn workshops this year.
  2. Read contest details in this and complete form to enter contest. Pay special attention to contest rules and deadlines. The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 29.

Winning writers will be notified about a month prior to the conference to give them and their mentors time to prepare for our esteemed event. Our Conference Manager, Jo Ann Ballantine, will work with you in making arrangements.

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