Student Essay Contest

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2020 Student Writing Contest

 

The 2020 Student Writing Contest will be posted soon! 

 

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. 

Prompt

Coming soon!

Contest Rules

  • Submit your 400-word essay online 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 Coming Soon!

  • Deadline for entries 
  • Winners will be notified 
  • Winning essays will be posted to the Library of Virginia website 
  • 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

 

 

Virginia Women in History Student Essay Contest
(Maximum of 400 words)