Cancer Unwrapped Writing Contest

Posted by KYLA MORA on 1/6/2021


The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest opens a dialogue with teens about their emotions and realities when dealing with cancer, whether their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.

This annual event encourages teens to write about their experiences for the opportunity to win one of several $1,000 cash prizes.


We aim to give a voice to teens representing an array of social identities and lived experiences. Our mission at Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda's Club Seattle) is to 'face cancer together' - this writing contest is one of the ways we help teens and their families realize they are not alone.

2021 Contest Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Open to students in the United States in grades 9-12
  • Essay length must range between 500-1,000 words
  • The contest deadline is March 14th, 2021, midnight PST
  • Cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to the winners.


You can read previous contest essays online - we guarantee that reading these stories will move you and leave you feeling inspired.


If you need any assistance with outreach or have any questions, please contact Program Manager Lisa Hubert at



Contest Flyer