“You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge

“You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge

Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary Broadway phenomenon. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.

The show’s breakout song, the Act One finale, is “You Will Be Found.” Read and listen to the lyrics for the song, written by the composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and watch the virtual choir version of it created by Dear Evan Hansen and performed by its fans, HERE.

We invite 11th-grade and 12th-grade students in New York City to write a college-application style essay (no longer than 650-words) that describes how “You Will Be Found” resonates with and inspires you. Did it prompt you to challenge your thinking or actions in some way? Was it a catalyst for personal growth? Explain the song’s significance to you, and its impact on your life.

Essays should be specific, have a clear narrative arc, and adhere to the theme of the challenge. Judges will evaluate them on originality, quality of writing, narrative, clarity, grammar, and spelling.

Prizes are:

  • $1,500 cash scholarship to the college or educational institution of choice.
  • A free six-week teen creative writing class from Gotham Writers Workshop (value from $309 to $350).
  • Four (4) tickets to see Dear Evan Hansen starring Andrew Barth Feldman, the 2018 Roger Rees Awards and The Jimmy Awards Best Actor.
  • The winning essay will be published on the Gotham website.
  • Recognition of winner on Dear Evan Hansen social channels.

The Details:

  • Submit an original college-application style essay on the theme of “You Will Be Found.”
  • Contest is open only to 11th-grade and 12th-grade students attending a high school during the 2018-2019 academic year located in the five boroughs of New York City—Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island—or the New York State counties of Westchester, Nassau, Orange, Rockland or Suffolk.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entries must be made online and received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday, April 29th, 2019.
  • Entries must be 650 words or fewer. Longer essays will be discarded.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries must adhere to the “You Will Be Found” theme. Judges will evaluate essays on originality, quality of writing, narrative, clarity, grammar, and spelling.
  • The winner will be notified by Monday, May 6, 2019 and receive their award at The Roger Rees Awards on Sunday, May 19, 2019.