Archive for October, 2011

Each year, Bennington invites students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade to submit their original writing for the Bennington Young Writers Competition. The annual deadline is November 1. First-place winners in each category are awarded a prize of $500; second-place winners receive $250.


  • poetry (a group of three poems)
  • fiction (a short story or one-act play),
  • nonfiction (a personal or academic essay)
More information here.

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Sponsored by First Freedem Center.

The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation.  The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide.  We invite 9th – 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.

Registration Deadline is November 14,2011.

Details are here. 

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The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then the student should contact a local participating VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

Next, it’s time to start drafting considering the 2011-2012 theme: “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1, 2011.

More information is here.

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