LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prose (https://theprose.com), an innovative social platform where readers and writers create and consume literature, partnered with unite4:good (www.u4g.com), a global movement for kindness and social good, announce the winners of their #write4good #Iam4 Scholarship Campaign.
The campaign, which accepted entries from July 8th through September 30th, asked participants to sign up for Prose via the Prose app or website (https://theprose.com), and join the unite4:good movement on www.u4g.com in order to be given the opportunity to craft written responses to a challenge prompt on the Prose which called upon writers to share their insights on global issues. The top entry will be receiving $3,000, and second and third place winners will be receiving $2,000 and $1,000, to be applied to the student's account at an educational institution.
A talented panel of professional judges, including New York Times bestselling author William D. Garner; Wilmer Valderrama, CEO of WVE; Geneva Wasserman, president of U4G Entertainment; and Kelly Knox, educator, accepted the challenge to read and rank the submitted essays to determine the top three. Selections were made based on quality of content, authenticity, and creative edge.
The following are winners of the #write4good #Iam4 challenge:
- In first place is Sean Ku Wang (@seankw), with his piece entitled "An End to Huntington's Disease," in which he writes:
"Mr. Yim's body no longer belonged to him. Against the pale pink walls of the convalescent home, his left arm jerked to and fro, a violent whip. Years before, Mr. Yim had been a school principal, but it was hard to imagine him as anything from his present vegetative state. In less than a decade, he had changed – no, he had disappeared, and in his place was this frail man in a wheelchair, a stranger.
- The first runner up is Samantha Fain (@paintingskies) with her piece on mental illnesses entitled "Sticking it to the Stigma: There's No Shame in Being Sick," in which she writes:
"When one has a neurological disorder, social support is vital. The mentally ill need to be shown love and acceptance so they can feel less alone. However, many people who have been diagnosed with a neurological disorder are discriminated against daily. . . . While living with a neurological disorder is a tough journey within itself, it would be easier if society was more understanding of what challenges the mentally ill face daily."
- The second runner up is Joseph Dov's (@JosephDov) for his piece entitled "UCARE: What is it? And why should you?," in which he writes:
"What is important to remember is that at one point, nearly all of us were immigrants to the land of opportunity. UCARE may represent those from Central America, but immigrants come from all over the world seeking a better life for themselves here in the United States. . . . Many are vulnerable, but none more so than children. While immigration reform might take many years to be implemented, there are children here in Los Angeles who need help now."
"It's fantastic that Prose and unite4:good have provided this opportunity," says Sean Ku Wang, first place winner. "Writing is powerful, and by giving writers the chance to share stories about the causes they stand for, we can bring more attention to important issues and make the world a better place."
Prose was founded, designed, and developed in Seattle, Washington, in the summer of 2014. Prose promotes high-quality writing and reading across the globe. Giving power back to writers by ensuring that 100% of their copyright is retained on theprose.com, and eliminating all forms of censorship, the writers' written word remains undiluted. For more information, please visit https://theprose.com/p/about.
The U4G platform (u4g.com), launching in Fall 2015, bridges the digital world with real-world action by uniting individuals, brands, non-profit organizations, thought leaders and influencers in a common goal of creating kindness and social good. The platform inspires users to earn points through their kindness and philanthropic efforts; and offers the opportunity to redeem or donate those points in the online marketplace for tangible rewards. The U4G platform is a new 'ecosystem' that makes doing good the most direct path to individual fulfillment, cause awareness and a sustainable, measurable global shift towards positivity.