Archive for November, 2010

Last Minute Contest Notice!

Tapestry of Bronze Fall 2010 Contest. Deadline is November 30, 2010.

The subject is Athena, (also known as Minerva) the Goddess of Wisdom, Warrior, and Weaving.

See details here :  http://www.tapestryofbronze.com/OdeForm.html

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We the Living Essay Contest Information

Eligibility: 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

Entry Deadline: May 5, 2011


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Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. The Communist war hero and much feared Party member Andrei Taganov is completely dedicated to the Party’s cause. Why then does he lose respect for the Party — and why does he fall in love with Kira Argounova?
  2. Although the USSR has collapsed, many people still argue what was argued throughout much of the 20th century: communism is a noble theory that men unfortunately fail to live up to in practice. By reference to the story and specific events of We the Living, explain why you think the novel’s author would accept or reject this argument.
  3. What does Kira Argounova mean when she says that communism forbids “life to those still living”?


Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of We the Living.

Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed after the first round. Winners’ names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized. The Ayn Rand Institute checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.


  • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide.
  • Entrant must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
    1. your name and address;
    2. your e-mail address (if available);
    3. the name and address of your school;
    4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above);
    5. your current grade level; and
    6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.

    For more information: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/WeTheLiving.aspx?theme=blue

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Deadline: December 17, 2010 Rider University’s High School Writing Contest

Free contest offers prizes up to $100 in each genre for poetry, fiction and essays by high school students. Prose entries should be 5 double-spaced pages maximum, poems 50 lines maximum. One entry per person per genre. Sponsor is a liberal arts college in New Jersey.

Rider University
English Department
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3001
United States

Contact:   Roberta Clipper Sethi

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A reminder on the Highlights Fiction Contest:


Fiction involving an embarrassing moment.


Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua.


All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2011.


No entry form or fee is required.

Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.*

We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Stories may be any length up to 750 words. Stories for beginning readers should not exceed 475 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Include your name and the title of your story on your manuscript.

No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.

Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

See more information here: http://www.highlights.com/highlights-fiction-contest


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This writing contest is for kids 10-18.

You need to write either an email, letter, or a short play to your best friend (no more than 5 pages) about an experience of meeting someone so different you thought you couldn’t be friends, but then you learn something new.

Deadline is January 15, 2011.

See the details here:  http://www.lauratoffler-corrie.com/contest/

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High School Playwriting Competition

Baker’s Plays has been an advocate for theater in schools for over one hundred years.  In the spirit of that commitment, we offer this playwriting competition for High School students.  Plays may be about any subject and of any length. It is our hope that this competition will encourage aspiring high school authors to explore the creative possibilities of writing for the stage.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Submissions MUST be accompanied by a complete application form.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by the signature of a sponsoring high school drama or English teacher, attesting to the student author’s qualifications.
  • Teachers may not submit a student’s work.
  • Multiple submissions and co-authored scripts are welcome.
  • The manuscript must be firmly bound and typed.
  • Plays will not be returned.  Do not send originals.
  • A postcard or an e-mail will be sent as notification of our receipt of your manuscript.
  • Submissions are welcome after September 1, 2010.  All plays must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2011.
  • Playwrights will be notified of awards during the month of May 2011.

First Place: $500.00
Second Place: $250.00
Third Place: $100.00
Each winner’s play will be published in a collection by Baker’s Plays with a royalty earning contract.

Details are here.

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