Inward accounts and reflections shared with others often serve as conduits of courage, motivation, and respect—empowering camaraderie, fueling gratefulness, or inspiring social change for readers. There is genuine power in storytelling. Have you faced your fair share of obstacles or have an exciting life story to share? Give a whole new meaning to the value of stories; express your authentic self by writing an autobiography and win a big scholarship as a result! Michelle Obama, in partnership with publishing company Penguin Random House and We Need Diverse Books, announced a new creative writing award for high school students, The Michelle Obama Award for Memoir. This scholarship was designed to celebrate the soon-to-be release of her second book, The Light We Carry.JUMP TO THE $10,000 MICHELLE OBAMA AWARD FOR MEMOIR SCHOLARSHIP Obama explains the potency of storytelling in a PRH press release, “When we share the whole of ourselves, we offer others the opportunity to not only see us as we are, but maybe even think about themselves in a new way. This allows us to harness the things that set us apart and helps us see the world as the nuanced, messy, beautiful place that it is.”In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, the award winner will gain access to virtual meetings and chats with PRH editors and authors, networking workshops, and an invitation to a panel discussing career opportunities in publishing. The winner will also be invited to the creative writing virtual awards ceremony, in the summer of 2023.
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