When CBB mom, Deb Plant, emailed me about the HSLDA essay writing contest, I wondered about other opportunities out there for our students to use their writing skills to win awards, money and other prizes. As well, it’s awesome when homeschoolers represent our learning community in such positive ways. We will also post these contests on Student Voice, our CBB student blog. Pay attention to deadlines as some of them are very soon.
If you’d like CBB to edit your child’s essays and offer recommendations after they’ve been written, whether your child is a CBB student or not, take advantage of our Evaluation Services. Essay evaluation starts as low as $7. Just make sure the contest guidelines allow for adult evaluation. Be sure to note that your child is participating in an essay contest when submitting work to be edited so we know to keep your deadlines in mind as we respond.
Please note that this is not meant to be a comprehensive list. If you have other writing contests that you would like to share, please be sure comment with a link to contest details.
Length: 700 word max
Theme: varies by age; see website
Deadline: must be postmarked by Nov. 1, 2014
Length: 1000 words
Theme: What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?
Deadline: must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2014
Length: 500 - 1000 words
Theme: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics
Deadline: online submission form must be emailed by Jan. 31, 2015
Length: 750-1450 words
Theme: Examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom.
Deadline: online submission form must be emailed by Nov. 17, 2014 or postmark mailed documents by Nov. 24, 2014
Length: 500-1500 words (depending on grade level)
Theme: Read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected you personally.
Deadline: December 15, 2014 or January 15, 2015 (depending on grade level)
Length: 700-1000 words
Theme: Write about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage.
Deadline: January 5, 2015