Competitions

Writing

Essays and Short Stories

Anthology of Short Stories, Inc.
P. O. Box 698, Asheboro, NC 27204
(336) 626-7762 – phone
http://www.anthologyofpoetry.com
e-mail poetry@asheboro.com
Students submit short stories for possible publication in anthology.

First Freedom Essay Contest
The First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay contest for 9th-12th graders to compete for $3,000, $1,500, and $750 awards. Students will write an essay of 750 to 1,250 words examining religious freedom, its history, and its current relevance in their lives.
For more contest details. Go to: www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html

“Grannie Annie” Family Essay Contest
Essay contest for students in the 4th through 8th grade.
For more information, call  1-888-641-5353 or go to: http://www.thegrannieannie.org

HSLDA Annual Essay Contest
HSLDA’s hosts an annual essay contest for homeschoolers only.  Topics are announced in early fall, usually September.  For more information go to http://www.hslda.org/contests/essay/default.asp

Patriot’s Pen
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America – Post 5077
P.O. Box 126, O’Fallon, MO 63366
636-272-1945
http://vfw5077.org
Essay contest and scholarships for O’Fallon students in grades 9-12.  Students may participate in the Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition and all students in grades 6-8 may participate in the Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Contest. The Voice of Democracy Competition winners will receive a portion of $146,000 in scholarships with national prizes ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.
National prizes for the Patriot’s Pen Contest range from $1,000 to $10,000 savings bonds.

TeenPact Annual National Essay Contest
For More information conact TeenPact at 706-340-0773 or web: http://www.teenpact.com

Voice of Democracy
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America – Post 5077
P.O. Box 126, O’Fallon, MO 63366
636-272-1945
http://vfw5077.org/
Essay contest and scholarships for O’Fallon students in grades 9-12.  Students may participate in the Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition and all students in grades 6-8 may participate in the Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Contest. The Voice of Democracy Competition winners will receive a portion of $146,000 in scholarships with national prizes ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.   National prizes for the Patriot’s Pen Contest range from $1,000 to $10,000 savings bonds.

Poetry

Anthology of Poetry, Inc.
P. O. Box 698, Asheboro, NC 27204
(336) 626-7762 – phone
http://www.anthologyofpoetry.com
e-mail poetry@asheboro.com
Students submit poetry for possible publication in anthology.

Cardinal Glennon Annual Poetry Contest
Contact Cardinal Glennon Hospital at
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
Public Relations Department/Summer Poem Contest
1465 South Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63104
314-577-5600

HSLDA Annual Poetry Contest
HSLDA’s hosts an annual poetry contest for homeschoolers only.  Topics are announced in early fall, usually September.  For more information go to http://www.hslda.org/contests/poetry/default.asp

Reading

The Lamplighter Summer Reading Contest
Lamplighter’s Summer Reading Contest is brought to you by Lamplighter Ministries.  Students can win awards, including cash prizes for reading.  For more information and rules go to: srcapplication@lamplighterpublishing.com

Art

Fine Art

HSLDA Annual Art Contest
HSLDA’s hosts an annual art contest for homeschoolers only, ages 7-19.   For more information go to http://www.hslda.org/contests/art/default.asp

Photography

HSLDA Annual Photography Contest
HSLDA’s hosts an annual photography contest for homeschoolers only.   For more information go to http://www.hslda.org/contests/photo/default.asp

Music

Composing

Arden and Harry Fisher Young Composers Competition
The Community School of Webster University
Two levels ages 12-16 (Level I) or students ages 17-21 (Level II)
Competition for writing of original composition.
For more information:  http://www.webster.edu/cms/programs/composers.shtml

History

Annual History Day Competition – University of Missouri- St. Louis
Help your student bring history out of the text books and in to real life at History Day 2009. History Day is an annual competition that the University of Missouri- St. Louis holds on their campus in February. This unique event allows students in 6th grade through 12th grade to display projects related to history. This years theme is “The Individual in History” and participants can compete in any of the five categories including research paper, Documentary, Exhibit,  Performance, and Web Site . Students may even have a chance to go on to compete at state in Columbia, Missouri and the national competition in Washington D.C. This competition is great for young people who already have an interest in history and for those who many benefit from seeing that they can study history in a fun and unusual way. You can visit the website listed below for more information- be sure to check out past winners and if you have any questions you can e-mail Dr. Peter Acsay at acsayp@umsl.edu  or go to http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/About.htm

Miscellaneous

Read, Right & Run Marathon®
Forest Park
314-727-0800
http://www.stlouismarathon.com/community-programs/youth/read-right-a-run-marathon.html
While adults will be running 26.2 miles all in a single day, students can participate in the Read, Right & Run Marathon®. They will be challenged to read 26 books, “right” the community with 26 good deeds, and run 25 miles over a six-month period. On race day, middle school students (grades 6-8) will complete their ULTRAMARATHON by running a 5K (3.1 miles). The elementary school students (grades K-5) will run their final 1.2 miles past cheering crowds and across the official Finish Line!
Everyone is a WINNER! Everyone receives a MEDAL! Children may participate individually or as a school group or youth organization. Watch for news about the Read, Right & Run Marathon® this fall at your school to find out if they are participating in the event!

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