Student Essay Contest

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2019 Student Writing Contest

 

Contest Overview

Virginia students in grades 6–12 are invited to honor outstanding women in Virginia history by participating in the Virginia Women in History student writing contest sponsored by the Library of Virginia and Encyclopedia Virginia. Four winning essays will be chosen, two from students in grades 6–8, and two from students in grades 9–12. Submit essay below.

Prompt

The Wall of Honor at the Virginia Women’s Monument on Capitol Square is meant to honor “the Women of Virginia for Their Contributions and Achievements” in all walks of life. If your community had its own Wall of Honor, who would you nominate (living or deceased)? How has that person made a difference in your life? Or in your neighborhood, community, or school? How does that person inspire you to make a difference? 

Contest Rules

  • Submit your 400-word essay online by Friday, March 8, 2019, for a chance to win an Apple ipad and $250 for your school!
  • Each entrant must be a student in grade 6-12 at a public or private high school in Virginia. Homeschoolers also may apply; the $250 school award can be applied to a homeschooler association if the winner’s family has an active, dues-paying membership.
  • There will be four winning essays: two from students in grade 6-8, and two from students in grades 9-12.
  • All entries must be original works that have not been published or submitted for publication anywhere else.
  • Entry should not exceed 400 words.
  • Entries become the property of the Library of Virginia and will not be returned.
  • The Library of Virginia reserves the right to use the winners’ names and entries for promotional purposes in all forms of media without notice, review, approval or compensation, except where prohibited by law.
  • Entry must be submitted below.

Timeline

  • Deadline for entries is Friday, March 8, 2019.
  • Winners will be notified by March 22, 2019.
  • Winning essays will be posted to the Library of Virginia website by March 29, 2019.
  • Library of Virginia representatives will be available to honor each contest winner during a visit to his or her school.

Winners

  • Winning students will receive an Apple iPad.
  • Winning students’ schools will receive a cash award of $250.

Judging Criteria

Content

Reflection of careful and thorough thought

Focus

Prompt questions answered and main idea clearly articulated

Support

Relevant, quality details about important thoughts and concepts

Style

Essay flows well and shows good word choice and structure

Mechanics

Correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation

 

 

Student Essay Contest
(Maximum of 400 words)