Silver Pen is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of the community they are applying to. Employees of the community are also eligible. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.


  • Essay must be the applicant’s original work
  • Applicants may only enter one time
  • Essays must be at least 1000 words and DOUBLE SPACED. (Please include a cover page and any necessary citations on a works cited page.)
  • Quotations may be used sparingly and sources must be clearly identified


The following items must be included with your application:

  1. Application Form
  2. Copy of Transcript (can be unofficial)
  3. Personal Essay