2020 CPCB Competition
This competition will motivate and inspire students to cultivate their gifts and display their talent. Participating in this competition will not only push students' limits but provide them with numerous opportunities and connections.
How it works
Categories: CPCB will hold two different competitions: STEM and Creative Writing, each with subcategories divided by age. In light of the pandemic, this year's competition will be held virtually. Participants will send in their essays to be judged by our panel of Harvard-affiliated professors and CPCB experts. Competitors will submit their work by email to
Age: Each category will be divided into junior (12-14) and senior (15-18) subcategories.
Eligibility: Anyone from the age of 12-18 may participate regardless of location. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and composed in English.
STEM: Discuss a topic in science, technology, engineering, or math that you are passionate about. What questions in these subjects do you have, and how would you begin tackling them experimentally? Are these phenomena or concepts you have learned about that you want to share with others?
Creative Writing: Here the world is your oyster! In 800 words or less, tell us a story. You may pull from personal narratives or create your own storyline.
To apply, the registration form must be completed by January 15th, 2020 along with a registration fee of $35 and your final essay. Essays have an 800-word limit.
1st prize: $300 cash prize with public broadcast and certificate of achievement
2nd & 3rd prize: $150 each with public broadcast and certificate of achievement