Gilda’s Club Westchester is seeking teen writers and artists, ages 13-17, to share their experiences with cancer through their writing, art, and video. The “Teen Cancer Story” contest, sponsored by Gilda’s Club Westchester in partnership with the Westchester Library System (WLS), the Rockland County Library System (RCLS) and the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) , is looking for original, honest, detailed, and heartfelt creative entries about how cancer has impacted their life. All entries — essays, poetry, artwork, or video submissions — must be received by November 1st. The first-place winners in each category will receive cash prizes of $250. The runner-up in each category will also be recognized.
Recent studies show that even one 20-minute writing session may be enough to push away negative thinking and change the way people think and feel. Even three weeks later, researchers found that just the one writing session still had a positive effect on the person’s quality of life. Writing thoughts down helps people express their feelings, clarify goals, and cope with stress in a healthier way.
“A cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries, not just for the person with cancer, but for the whole family, and even their friends,” says Jen Scully, Director of Gilda’s Club Westchester. “Sharing your experience can be both good for you and helpful to someone else who may be in a similar situation.”
Here are the contest guidelines:
For more information about the Teen Cancer Story contest and/or Gilda’s Club Westchester, please call Jaime Aker, firstname.lastname@example.org.