Student Scholarship

I’m a NYT bestselling author from the backwoods of Missouri who went to Princeton thanks to a writing talent honed by my wonderful teachers and the many writing contests I entered when I was in school.

To celebrate the release of my 14th book–my first for young adults–I’m hosting a STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST to inspire the next generation of young writers. The winner will receive a $500 SCHOLARSHIP and A TRIP TO LONDON to walk in the main character’s footsteps. The winner’s school library will also receive a $400 book prize pack from my publisher HarperCollins.

My book “Toward A Secret Sky” is an adventure quest set in Scotland appropriate for ages 12 and up published by HarperCollins’ school- and parent-friendly imprint Blink.

I would appreciate it so much if you would pass the contest information along to your teachers, students, and parents. Students can enter by writing a short essay answer to the question “What inspires you?” by May 31, 2017.

Full contest info can be found at:

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