Gilda’s Club 6th Annual Teen Essay Contest

Picture1Gilda’s Club Chicago Presents the 6th Annual

“It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest!

Open to high school students (grades 9-12) willing to share their experiences with cancer.  We are looking for honest, detailed, personal essays by young writers who have a connection to cancer.  Judges will be looking for an interesting and engaging narrative told in your own words.  The essay should describe your experience and an overall message about how that journey has impacted your life in 500 – 2,000 words. Essays may be written in English or Spanish.  All entries are due by March 2nd, 2015.

Essays will be judged in two categories:

  •     Personal Cancer Experience for those who received a diagnosis themselves
  •     Family Cancer Experience for those who have a family member or friend living with cancer or who have lost someone to cancer

Cash awards are available to winners in each category.

1st Place will receive $3,000
2nd Place will receive $1,500
3rd Place will receive $500

Each entry must be submitted by March 2nd, 2015 and include an official entry form.

Download the rules and the offical entry form HERE. 

Submit essays HERE electronically. 

Or mail them to:
“It’s Always Something”
Teen Essay Contest
Gilda’s Club Chicago
Attn: Elizabeth Healy
537 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL  60654

For questions, please email Elizabeth Healy at or call 312-464-9900

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