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Write Now—student writing contest

Microsoft Office has long been the home base for homework. Students use Word to write papers, Excel for their math classes and PowerPoint for presenting a final report in class. But students across the country have also used this technology to do so much more. From writing editorials to drafting love notes, students can rely on Microsoft products to help them create, revise and re-imagine. And now, with an accessory like the Universal Foldable Keyboard, students can be creative even when they can’t bring along their laptops.

To get the imaginative juices really flowing, the Microsoft PC Accessories team is hosting a student writing contest. In 300 words or less, tell us how you use technology to be creativein or outside of the classroom. Ten winners will receive Universal Foldable Keyboards and the grand prize winner will snag a Surface Pro 3. We want to know how technology enables you to leave your mark on the world.

For some added inspiration, check out this Sway from our summer intern Molly, who uses her Universal Foldable Keyboard to write comedy sketches on the go.

Winners will be rewarded handsomely. Each week, from July 17th to July 31st, five Microsoft Write Now Authors of the Week will each receive the just-released Universal Foldable Keyboard. The grand prize winner, to be announced August 5th, will receive a Surface Pro 3 outfitted with a Surface Pro Type Cover and an Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse.

Write Now student writing contest 1

Submissions will be accepted from now until July 31st, so “Write Now!” To submit your submission, email your essay to with the subject line WRITE NOW. Entries must come from a student, be 300 words or less, and should be written in a Word document or with Sway. Be sure to include your full name, school name and email address in the body of the email. See official rules here.

Don’t have Office? If you are a student, there’s a good chance you’re eligible for free Office. Go to and enter a school-provided email address to find out.

—The Microsoft PC Accessories team

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