The Prompt


The Rules

2013 Prompt “Take a road less traveled. Make something that shares your journey.”

2013 Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm

Eligibility: The challenge is open to all teens (14-19). You are welcome to work alone, but encouraged to work with up to two teammates.

What to Submit: 1) A record of your journey down any physical, imagined or metaphorical “road less traveled,” documented creatively in a digital format and 2) a cover letter that explains what you learned during the course of your journey.

How will we decide on the winners? Submissions will be judged by a panel of Marlboro College faculty, staff and students. Winning entries will have the following characteristics:

  • High quality product (the “something that shares your journey”) that demonstrates effort and creativity
  • Expression of original, critical and innovative thinking
  • Demonstration of research and preparation

Winners will be notified January 15th.

The Prizes

  • 1st – $1,000
  • 2nd – $750
  • 3rd – $500

Top 25 contestants win a symposium invite and a scholarship to Marlboro College.

What is the Beautiful Minds Symposium?

The top 25 contestants will win a trip to the Beautiful Minds Symposium at Marlboro College, Apr 2-5, 2013. Beautiful Mind Challenge finalists will join current Marlboro students and faculty members to share ideas and submissions, learn about creative process and problem solving through group activities, and get a taste of college residential life and coursework. Marlboro will arrange and pay for transportation to and from Vermont, as well as food, lodging and activities during the symposium. For teens living outside the United States, Marlboro will contribute up to $500 towards the cost of a flight or other transportation.

Prizes for Teams

Winning teams will split the cash prizes (e.g. a three-member team winning first prize would receive $333 each). All members of cash-prize-winning and finalist teams will attend the symposium, up to a total of 25 individuals. This means the number of teams invited will depend on the number of members per finalist team. Teams with more than three members will not be eligible for prizes or symposium attendance.

How to Submit: We will only accept digital files including computer documents, photographic / image files, audio files and video files. Videos cannot be longer than five minutes. (Acceptable file extensions: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, WPF, ODT, JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP3, M4a, WAV, ZIP, XLS, MOV).

If you know what your “something that shares your journey” will be, but are not sure how to submit it digitally, contact us and we’ll figure it out together. There are many creative solutions.


Questions? If you have questions, or would like to know more, drop us a line.

The Beautiful Minds Challenge is sponsored and hosted by Marlboro College.