Essay Contest Questions

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ADDEDFriday, October 5, 2012

  • Q
    I have some questions about the essay contest. Nowhere in the requirements does it state what type of writing style must be used. I would like to write my essay as a narrative story. I want to make sure this is acceptable before I get to attached to an essay that is ineligible. Can I write mine as a narrative or must I write it in a research format? I greatly appreciate your time and would love some clarification on this topic. Sincerely, A Concerned Applicant
    A

    Dear Concerned Applicant,
    The requirements of the contest do not state the format of the essay specifically because we want to allow you the creative license to write in a format that works for you. We receive a number of narrative format essays each year, and often they are quite good. So long as you meet the requirements listed, please feel free to write in a way that you feel best conveys your thoughts.

  • Q
    The rules state that past winners cannot enter again in the same age category. Are previous finalists allowed to enter?
    A

    Being a finalist or winning honorable mention does not disqualify you from entering again.  The rules specifically prohibit you from entering again in the same age category if you have won in the past, but that means a cash prize so if you have not received a check from us then please go ahead and submit another essay!

  • Q
    Is a title or title page required and should we put our name in a header for the essay?
    A

    Please include a title in the appropriate space on the submission form.  Do not include a header or title page in your essay text.

  • Q
    Can people from the UK enter?
    A

    Yes, the essay contest is not restricted to US citizens.  However, students from other countries will be held to the same standards as their US counterparts and should take care to enter in the correct category.  Students who have already completed their secondary schooling are not eligible to compete in the essay contest even if they are younger than the listed ages. 

  • Q
    Do the title or the references cited at the end of the essay count toward the final word limit?
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    No. References should be included, and they will not be counted against the final word limit.  The title also does not count toward the word limit.