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Essay prompts will be announced on Tuesdays at 4 pm Eastern via YouTubebeginning February 2, 2021.
Length: Your essay should be at least 1,000 words but should not exceed 1,250 words (word count does not apply to the list of sources). The word count must be included in the document you submit.
Content and Judging: Submissions will be judged on the quality of analysis, quality of research, and form, style, and mechanics. Successful entries will answer all aspects of the prompt and demonstrate an understanding of the essay prompt. The top five essays from each school will advance to the final round of judging that will determine the First, Second, and Third-Place winners. All qualifying essays will be judged blindly through several rounds of judging. All decisions of the judges are final.
Sources: Essays should use a variety of sources—academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations. Bibliographies are required and you will need to incorporate at least three primary sources. General encyclopedias, including Wikipedia, are not acceptable as sources. Essays citing general encyclopedias in notes or bibliography will be disqualified. Websites should not be the only source of information for your essay.
Submission: Fill out the registration form. All fields on the online form are required, including uploading a PDF file of your original work with a title, in English which should include a comprehensive list of sources consulted. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. You may submit one essay for each prompt, or just one essay for one prompt.
Do not place your last name or your school’s name on any of the pages of the essay. Only the registration form should include this information.
Faxed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.
Your essay will be disqualified if it does not meet the requirements or is submitted after the submission date of 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 3, 2021. This program will repeat and the next submission date will be announced in April 2021.
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12.
Teachers: Student registration forms must include a teacher’s name. The teacher may (and should) review the essay and act as the key contact between their student-participant and Educational Partnerships to Impact Children, Inc. It is to the student’s advantage to have a teacher review the essay to make sure it is complete, contains all the necessary information, is free from typographical and grammatical errors, and addresses the topic.
First-Place: The First-Place winner receives $650 and their teacher receives $325.
Second-Place: The Second-Place winner receives $250 and their teacher receives $125.
Third-Place: The Third-Place winner receives $100 and their teacher receives $50.
Winners will be announced on this page on May 15, 2021 and checks disseminated within two weeks of this date.
Your essay will become the property of Educational Partnerships to Impact Children, Inc. once it is submitted, and will not be returned.
Thank you for your essay submission and good luck!