Writing Contest

The John C. Knox Writing Contest — hosted by Waynesburg University and sponsored by The Observer Publishing Company — is open to high school students interested in writing or journalism who can win $1,000 in cash prizes by writing a deadline feature article.

What does the contest look like?

Students will participate in a one-hour press conference with a local newsmaker and then during a two-hour session will write a feature article based on that information. Students’ articles will be judged by local newspaper journalists as well as members of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and the university’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Who’s eligible?

The John C. Knox Writing Contest is open to all students in grades 10-12 in public, private and home schools within the following counties in Pennsylvania: Greene, Fayette, Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland; in West Virginia: Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Wetzel, Marshall; and in Ohio: Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe.

What can I win?

Students’ work judged by the contest panel to be exemplary examples of a journalistic feature article will be awarded the following cash prizes:
First-place: $500 
Second-place: $300 
Third-place: $200
The first-place winner’s article will be published in the award-winning Waynesburg University student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket. All participants will be awarded a t-shirt.

When is it?

The contest will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa. The contest begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and instructions, followed by an hour-long news conference and then a two-hour writing period. Lunch will be provided free of charge in the university cafeteria following the writing period. Optional campus tours will be offered following lunch.

How much does it cost to enter?

The event is free.

How do I sign up?

Reserve your spot by Oct. 17 by registering online. Don’t delay, spots are limited!


For more information, stop in to see Mrs. Marzano in room # 125 or call Brandon Szuminsky at 724-852-3427 or email bszumins@waynesburg.edu.


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