Diverse Minds HS Writing Challenge: $5000 Prizes

Diverse Minds HS Writing Challenge: $5000 Prizes

For High School Students in the following areas:Washington, D.C. Metro Area, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York

Diverse Minds Writing Challenge

Now celebrating its 11th Anniversary!

This innovative competition asks high school students, in each region, to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity or inclusion.

Students currently enrolled in the 9th – 12th grades are eligible to participate. The first place-winning individual or team will receive a college scholarship of $5,000, and B’nai B’rith will professionally publish the winning submission – making the student a published author! Submissions placing second and third will also receive scholarships.

In addition, the teacher of the student(s) who place first will receive a $1,000 stipend and the school will receive a $500 grant. The submission deadline for DC/Delmarva and New Jersey will be March 18, 2017.

Diverse Minds HS Writing Challenge: $5000 Prizes

The Diverse Minds Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B’nai B’rith International as one of its programs to promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all citizens, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Our goal is to destroy prejudices and strengthen the future of our youth through creativity, inspiration and education.

This innovative scholarship competition asks high school students to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity or inclusion. Executed through public, private and charter high schools in select communities, the Challenge encourages teens to create innovative ways to teach tolerance to elementary-aged children, as well as encounter new insights into these issues for themselves.

The contest winner in each contest city/region will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and become a published author!


By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. What a great writing opportunity for teens. Love the emphasis on diversity. We didn’t have opportunities like that!
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  2. Wow! What a great opportunity! Too bad my daughter’s in Loudoun, farther north of the Metro DC region. I’ll share this though on my FB page, and in the Mid-Atlantic one. Thanks, Mia!!

  3. What an awesome competition! Can’t wait to see the books that come out of this.
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  4. Dang! I don’t think I can join in this! I live in Pennsylvania! 🙂
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