WRITING Submission Guidelines
Follow the checklist below to ensure a complete entry.
As in years past, Writing entries may include prose, poetry, drama or
Attention teachers: Review and submit only contest ready material. Due to the
ever increasing number of entries, we are asking teachers to screen materials to be
- Entries must relate to the contest theme and include content about the
- Each entry must have a title that is relevant to the composition, entered on the entry form
- All copyright-protected sources must be cited on a citation page. This includes
books, magazines, films, photographs, Web sites, and works of art, among others.
- Entries are limited to 1,000 words, excluding cover sheet and cited sources.
- Only one entry per student will be accepted. Students submitting more than one
entry will be disqualified.
- Written entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with one-inch
margins. Each page should be numbered.
- Use only standard text fonts, such as Times New Roman, Garamond, Courier, Arial
or Helvetica. Do not use script, italicized or bold-faced type or a decorative font.
- Create a cover page, containing the title of the composition, the name
and school of the author and a word count. Include the title on each page of the
composition, but not the name or school of the author. The name and school of the
author should appear only on the cover page.
Winners will be chosen based on interpretation of the contest theme, technique and
originality. (See rubrics PDF form.)
For research assistance see resources.
See submission instructions
Most common reasons for disqualification
All entries are due by January 25, 2013