Students between the ages of 13-18 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Armed Forces schools abroad, and students in United States territories are eligible to participate in the contest. The contest also includes home school students!
HOW DO I ENTER?
Simply write a 400-600 word essay that answers the question: "What inspires you?" then submit it to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2017.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I ENTER?
An individual may only submit one entry to each contest. Submitting more than one entry will disqualify you.
WHAT'S THE TIMELINE?
This essay contest will officially open for submissions on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. EST and close on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner of the contest will be announced on or around Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?
Each submission must respond to the writing prompt in no more than 600 words. Judges will be looking for originality, thoughtful reflection, and a strong personal voice. All work must be original and unpublished. In addition, judges will consider grammar, organization, syntax, and clarity of content and ideas.
IF I DON'T WIN, CAN I STILL FIND OUT HOW WELL I DID?
Since we cannot anticipate the exact number of essays we will receive, unfortunately it will not be possible to give individual feedback on submissions.
WHAT IS THE PRIZE?
One Grand Prize winner will receive A TRIP FOR TWO (2) to LONDON, ENGLAND, including:
◆ Airfare for the winner & one guest courtesy of Meeting Your Needs (www.meetingyourneeds.org)
◆ Four (4) nights deluxe hotel accommodation courtesy of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
- One double/twin room for two (2) nights at The Rubens at The Palace (www.rubenshotel.com) &
- One double/twin room for two (2) nights at The Chesterfield Mayfair (www.chesterfieldmayfair.com)
◆ A London city tour for two (2) courtesy of Evan Evans Tours (www.evanevanstours.com)
The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $500 scholarship (courtesy of author Heather Maclean) to use for the educational expenses of their choosing.
Additionally, the winner's school library, or the local library of their choosing, will receive a book prize pack worth over $400, courtesy of Blink YA Books (www.blinkyabooks.com).
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