Profile in Courage Essay Contest

*Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth.
Grades 9-12
Due:  January 4, 2017
1st Place:  $20,000
2nd Place:  $1,000
5 finalists:  $500
18 Continental Awards:  $100 each

n Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.
All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

Literature Writing Contest

The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Letters About Literature Competition.

Letter Writing Contest supported by the Library of Congress: Letters About Literature is open to youth in grades 4-12. Students are asked to write a letter to an author in response to a book that changed how they perceive the world. Letters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and the national levels. State Winners win cash prizes and advance to the national level. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. Deadlines, guidelines and more information are included on the attached Indiana Entry Form. Feel free to email me to request this form if it is scrubbed from this email.

All Indiana semifinalists and finalists for both contests will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 27, 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All attendees will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing reception at the beautiful Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis following the ceremony.

Literature Writing Contest 2016 Guidelines