More Essay Contests for Students

Yesterday I wrote about a few different writing contests that either helped aspiring students pay for school, or were open to high school and college students. But those were just the tip of the iceberg, and there are hundred more contests like that going on every year. After you read the last blog, scroll on down and find out about more of these high paying writing contests.

Writing academic essays can help you pay for school, photo by erink photography

Writing academic essays can help you pay for school, photo by erink photography

The FRA Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest – Every year the FRA National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism presents the Americanism Essay Contest. The Fleet Reserve Association is a group that represents the interests of the “Sea Service community”, and offers several prizes every year for this contest, the grand prize being ten thousand dollars in U.S. savings bonds. The contest is open to any student between seventh and twelfth grades, including home schooled students of appropriate grade level. The essay requirements include being less than three hundred fifty words, and having a due date of December 1st of every year. For more details visit the official site.

The Ayn Rand Essay Contests – Considered to be one of the most important authors of the last century, Ayn Rand has left a large legacy. One part of this legacy is the Ayn Rand Institute, which presents three different essay contests this year inspired by Rand’s works. There will be hundred of winners, with top prizes being ten thousand dollars to put towards a college education. All three contests are based on books, and instead of giving the entrants a theme, they leave the writers to pick and develop their own topics from the books.

The Anthem contest is for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders only, with a top prize of two thousand dollars. The Fountainhead contest is for 11th and 12th graders only, with a top prize of ten thousand dollars. The Atlas Shrugged contest also has a ten thousand dollar grand prize, but it only open to 12th graders and college students. To find out how to submit your essay to any of these contests, go to the web site.

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest – ALBA stands for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, but this is one of the rare contests that it not only for United States residents. Any college student, graduate or undergraduate, can submit an essay (in English or in Spanish) to compete for the two $500 prizes. The essay needs to be on the topic of the Spanish Civil War, or the people who fought for the Spanish Republic (circa 1936 to 1938), and be between 3,500 and 7,500 words. The essay needs to have been used or submitted for a college course, and the information about which course, where and when, needs to be submitted with the essay.

College Prowler Essay Contest – This website sponsors a contest and chooses a new winner for a two thousand dollar prize once a month. The only apparent guideline for the contest is to be less than one thousand words, the topic of the essay is entirely up to the entrant.

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