Can I submit the same essay that I used for another contest?

Hi,

I've written an essay for another scholarship contest that I think would be great for this one. Is this going to violate the rules to submit mine for yours as well?

Thanks
Megan
posted by Megan, Vienna, VA on January 31, 2014

Answer

Hi Megan,

Great question!  It doesn't violate the rules to submit an essay that you have used elsewhere, but you'll have to be very careful of the copyright.  Our publication agreement requires winners of the contest to give us copyright interest in the essay.  You cannot do that if you have published it elsewhere or otherwise assigned the copyright to someone else.  If you entered another contest but did not win or have the essay published then you should be okay here, but otherwise please use a different essay.