The Laura (Riding) Jackson Teen Writing Fellowship is a prestigious award that recognizes students who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the development of their literary skills and talents.

To become a Teen Writing Fellow, you must:

  • Attend 3 official Teen Writing Workshops sponsored by the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation.
  • Submit an original piece of writing inspired by each workshop. Specific instructions for these prompts will be available at the end of each online workshop.
  • Submit a final piece of writing inspired by your overall participation in the Teen Writing Workshops.

To submit a final, original writing sample and be considered for a Fellowship Award, it must fulfill the following criteria:

  • The writing sample must be an original, creative piece initially inspired by the student’s participation in a Teen Writing Workshop. Poems, short stories, personal narratives or essays, graphic novels, plays, song lyrics, and creative non-fiction pieces are all acceptable.
  • Prose samples should be 500-1,000 words; poetry submission should be either one long poem or three shorter poems totaling 500-1,000 words.
  • Research papers or other school assignments will not be accepted.
  • Submissions will include an introductory paragraph explaining the inspiration for the piece as well as some brief commentary on the writing process involved.
  • The submission must be a polished final draft, double spaced in 12 point font, submitted in a Word document format that is suitable for publication on our website.

Teen Writing Fellows will be formally recognized with award certificates at our annual Poetry and Barbeque event. They will also have the opportunity to read their work to the audience and the option to publish their work on our website.

Seniors who complete the Fellowship before November will receive their Fellows Awards earlier so they may include the recognition in their college applications.