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the 19th Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

writing competitions for teens 2015 – With an unbeatable lineup of over 300 of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, Signet Classics is the publisher that students, education professionals and the public turn to more than any other. Now, we are proud to host our eighteenth annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school! Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of six topics for this year’s competition book, Pygmalion and My Fair Lady.
Essay Subject

Pygmalion and My Fair Lady

Topics

Select one of the following six topics:

Henry Higgins, the leading man in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, may be considered an anti-hero, a character who acts in ways contrary to conventional literary representations of heroism. What qualities mark him as an anti-hero?

When Eliza threatens to leave Henry in Act 5 of Pygmalion, Henry defends himself, saying, “I care for life, for humanity….What more can you or anyone ask?” In light of Henry’s behavior throughout the play, does this self-justification seem satisfactory? What are the pitfalls of caring for life and humanity in general, as Henry does, but neglecting to consider the needs of individuals?

At the end of Pygmalion, Henry is amused when Eliza goes off to marry Freddy. In My Fair Lady, Eliza returns in a scene that suggests she and Henry have a future together. Given your understanding of Eliza and Henry, do you think one ending fits better than the other? Would it work to switch conclusions—end Pygmalion with Eliza’s return and My Fair Lady with Eliza’s departure? Why or why not? What changes did Lerner make to Shaw’s play to make his new ending plausible?

At the beginning of Pygmalion, we are introduced to Alfred Doolittle, Eliza’s father. Alfred reappears—surprisingly, almost as an afterthought—toward the conclusion of the play. In My Fair Lady, by contrast, his role is greatly expanded in additional scenes and songs. How do these additions affect your view of Alfred’s character and his life philosophy?

Both plays poke fun at the middle class, most notably its emphasis on proper speech and appearance. In what other ways does the play satirize middle class values? What middle class preoccupations and interests are undermined? Do you believe members of the middle class today share attitudes illustrated in the plays? Use examples to illustrate your point.

In Act 5 of Pygmalion and almost verbatim in Act 2, Scene 5 of My Fair Lady, Eliza claims Col. Pickering showed her how to act like a lady by behaving well himself: “I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins because he always treats me like a flower girl, and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you, because you always treat me as a lady, and always will.” Do you agree with Eliza’s assessment of Col. Pickering as a true gentleman? Illustrate your answer with references to his behavior throughout the play.
Official Rules for 19th Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not enhance your opportunity to win.

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.

How to Enter

Matriculated students: Four (4) copies of the essay must be mailed by an English teacher on behalf of the student (each English teacher may submit only one junior and one senior essay), along with a cover letter on school letterhead that includes the following details:
Date

  1. Student’s full name, grade, address, e-mail and home telephone number
  2. Name of high school
  3. Name, email and daytime telephone number of English teacher submitting essay (please include summer contact information if different from school year contact information)
  4. Name, e-mail and daytime telephone number of the school’s administration officer
  5. Topic selected (#1, #2, #3, #4 #5 or #6)
  6. Certification by teacher that the essay is the student’s original work

Essays submitted without a cover letter on school letterhead or cover letters that do not include the above details will be disqualified.

Home-schooled students: Four (4) copies of the essay must be mailed by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of the student, along with a cover letter on the parent/legal guardian’s letterhead that certifies that the student is home-schooled and that includes the following details:

Date

  • Student’s full name, address, e-mail and home telephone number
  • Student’s equivalent grade
  • Name and daytime telephone number and e-mail of the sponsoring parent/legal guardian
  • Topic selected (#1, #2, #3, #4 ,#5 or #6)
  • Certification by sponsoring parent/legal guardian of home-schooled student that the essay is the student’s original work

Essays submitted without a cover letter on parent/legal guardian’s letterhead or cover letters that do not include the above details will be disqualified.

Essays must be at least two and no more than three double-spaced pages, computer or typewritten (please do not staple submissions). Please include four (4) copies (including the cover letter) of each essay submitted. Entries must be mailed to Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Academic Marketing Department, Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest #19, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2015 and received on or by April 21, 2015. Submissions by fax, email or any other electronic means will not be considered.

Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged or handwritten. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries.

Judging

All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and winners will be selected on or about June 15, 2015. Winning essays must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the themes and issues presented in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady . Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar and originality. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is original, articulate, logically organized and well supported. Winners will be notified by June 24th, 2015 via email, and will be announced online on or about July 1st, 2015.

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Prizes

There are five (5) prizes available to be won. Each prize includes a check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to be used toward winner’s tuition and/or expenses related to their higher education. Each prize also includes a Signet Classics Library for the winner’s school library, or public library in the case of a home-schooled winner (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) = $1,600.00). Total ARV per prize = $2,600.00.

In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

Eligibility

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.

Employees of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest.

General

No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.

All expenses, including taxes (if any), on receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or another winner will be selected. If a winner is under 18 years of age, their parent/legal guardian will also be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form. The winner’s school library or public library in the case of a home-schooled winner that will receive a Signet Classics Library shall also be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 form, in connection with its receipt of this portion of the prize.

By accepting a prize, the winners and their parents and/or legal guardians grant to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this Contest, and to further use their names, likenesses, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. By competing in this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them and the authors and/or editors of any books promoted hereby from any and all liability for any loss harm, injuries, damages, cost or expenses arising out of or relating to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize(s). UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.
Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
Winners List

For a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 15, 2015 to Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Academic Marketing Department, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest #19, or check online after July 1st, 2015.
Sponsor

Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Academic Marketing Department
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

source: http://www.penguin.com/services-academic/essayhome/
writing contest 2015

Writing Contest for Teen – Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th

Writing Contest for Teen – Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th
Entry Deadline: Details for 2016 coming soon

1st place $2,000 1 Winner
2nd place $500 5 Winners

3rd place $200 10 Winners
Finalists $50 45 Winners
Semifinalists $30 175 Winners

Select ONE of the following three topics:

  • In chapter 8, why does Equality laugh when he remembers that he is “the Damned”?
  • Aside from very rare exceptions, there is literally no opposition to the leaders in this society. Why is this? What ideas must the people in this society have accepted to live a life of obedience, drudgery and fear?
  • Why does the Council of Vocations assign Equality the job of Street Sweeper? Is it due to error, incompetence or a more sinister motivation? Explain.

Criteria

Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem.

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Literature Contest For Student – 2015

Writing Contest Ogranizer:ER Energy Propane
Deadline:  Dec. 15 & Jan. 15, 2015.
Contest Name: Literature Contest

Categories: Writer Contest for Studens
Level 1 for grades 4-6;
Level 2 for grades 7-8;
and Level 3 for grades 9-12.

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An annual national contest encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is under way.

The Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, and explain how a particular book by an author changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for schoolchildren and homeschooled students in grades 4-12.

State Librarian Rand Simmons says Letters About Literature is a favorite program for him and the State Library staff.

“We’re very pleased that the contest has grown in popularity over the past decade,” Simmons said. “Many teachers encourage their students to take part, and we hope that even more kids write and enter a letter this year. It’s amazing how books can touch students and help them view the world in a different way.”

“I encourage all students to read because it’s so fundamental to learning and it gives them a strong foundation to succeed in school and life. Letters About Literature allows kids to think about how a favorite book touches them and then put their thoughts and feelings into words. I’m amazed by the many wonderful, heartwarming letters submitted over the years, and I look forward to reading more thanks to this year’s contest,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

Students enter the contest by writing a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work shaped the students’ perspective on the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. They cannot write about music lyrics. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the Washington state judges.

Letter writers compete at three levels:
Level 1 for grades 4-6;
Level 2 for grades 7-8;
and Level 3 for grades 9-12.

Entrants must be at least 9 years old. One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition.

Deadline:
All Level 3 entries must be postmarked by Dec. 15.
All entries for Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2015.

The state’s winners will be announced in April. A ceremony to honor the Washington champions, runners-up and honorable mentions will be held at the State Capitol in Olympia later in the spring.

The contest’s other sponsors include the Office of Secretary of State and the Center for the Book, operated by the Library of Congress. The State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

An entry coupon must accompany each letter. Entry coupons and guidelines can be found at.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/lal/LALGuidelines2015.pdf.
Completed forms should be stapled to the last page of the letter. Entries should be mailed to:

Letters About Literature Contest

Competition Level (Indicate Level 1, 2 or 3)
P.O. Box 5308
Woodbridge, VA 22194

State judges select the top letter writer for each level, and the winner receives a cash award and advances to the national competition.

For more information about the contest, contact the State Library’s Crystal Lentz at (360) 704-5275 or crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov.

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see also:

Writing Contest for High School and College Students
Nonfiction Writing Contest For Student – 2015

International Essay Contest to Teachers and Students Anywhere

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There’s Still Time to Enter Carnegie Council’s International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, “Imagining a Better Future”

Carnegie Council’s international student/teacher essay contest “Imagining a Better Future” is open to teachers at all levels and students high school through graduate levels and the deadline is January 5, 2015.

Deadline: January 5, 2015.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its sixth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.

PRIZES:

1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

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Essay Writing Contest

Carnegie Council’s international student/teacher essay contest “Imagining a Better Future” is open to teachers at all levels and students high school through graduate levels and the deadline is January 5, 2015.

What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?

(PRWEB) November 19, 2014

“What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?” That’s the question for Carnegie Council’s sixth annual student/teacher essay contest. The sky’s the limit! Deadline: January 5, 2015.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its sixth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.

As part of the Council’s Ethics for a Connected World project, the Council is asking thought leaders a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet. One of the questions is: What should happen this century? See some of their answers here.

But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you. What do you think?

ESSAY TOPIC: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?

CONTEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) 
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words 
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only. 
  • Limit: One entry per person. 
  • This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities. 
  • All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible. 
  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified. 
  • Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome. 
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible. 

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website: http://www.globalethicsnetwork.org.
2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #betterfuturecontest.
3. Please include the following:
Your full name.
The name of your school.
Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate).

COMPETITION DEADLINE: January 5, 2015

PRIZES:

1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

All winners also receive a copy of “Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader.”

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 and based in New York City, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Source writing contest information http://www.carnegiecouncil.org.