Are you a cancer survivor?

Have you helped a family member or friend with cancer?

Share your story!


  • Write 500-2,000 words about your experience in one of two categories: Personal (your own cancer) or Family and Friends (a loved one’s cancer)
  • Previous entrants may re-apply with new and original pieces.
  • Submit all entries to by midnight on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  • Six finalists (three in each category) will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
  • Contest is open to students in 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades in schools from Van Nuys to Santa Maria, California

Sponsorship opportunities are available!
Learn more here.

Prizes (three in each category): 

1st Place: $1,500 and an invitation to the Gala on April 27.

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500


Check out the flyer!

Download these forms to enter:

Essay Contest Guidelines

Essay Contest Entry Form

Essay Contest Release Form