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The Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition recognizes the literary skills of New York's youth with creative writing scholarships valued at more than $100,000 each year. The competition is open to all seniors enrolled in public high schools in New York city. Applicants must submit an original English language work of poetry, fiction, personal essay or memoir, or a graphic novel (comics format).
Four first place winners will receive $10,000 scholarship awards. Four second place award recipients will each receive $5,000 scholarships, and four third place winners will get $2,500 scholarships. Additionally, within each borough, one student will receive a $1,000 scholarship and three others will be awarded $500 each. Scholarship funds must be used for higher education, and will be paid directly to each student's chosen institution.