Submission Dates: October 1 through November 14, 2011
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Note: Entries received before October 1 or postmarked after November 14 will be sent back or discarded.
This year’s themes are taken from the Bible in the book of Romans, Chapter 12. Paul, the author of the book, provides amazingly succinct and practical instructions on how to live life to the fullest.
Each contestant may submit up to two essays based on the verse from Romans 12 that coincides with their age group listed below:
Category 1 (ages 7–10):
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”—Romans 12:15
Category 2 (age 11–14):
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”—Romans 12:12
Category 3 (ages 15–19):
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.”—Romans 12:18
Essays come in many different forms, from descriptive to compare-and-contrast to narrative, etc. For this contest, the essays are meant to present the writer’s point of view—in a sense, his argument for his opinion. But there are many different ways you could go about doing this. You could use the narrative approach and tell about a personal experience, or one from history, to demonstrate your point. You could give a couple examples of practical applications and then compare and contrast them, showing how it would work out in real life. The options are limitless!
There is no designated form given for these essays, but it is still good to be purposeful in your writing style. Take some time to research different essay styles and forms, and then decide which best suits your purpose. For a brief description of various essay forms, you can visit this Gallaudet University webpage.
We try to choose themes that leave a lot of room for imagination and interpretation, and we want you to come up with your own ideas for your essay.
You do not have to include the text of the above verses in your essay. The verses are meant to inspire whatever you wish to write. Our judges love it when students come up with something they had not thought of before.
Category 1: Homeschoolers ages 7 to 10 as of October 1, 2011.
For the purposes of this contest, an eligible student must have been homeschooled and received the majority of his or her education through home education during the past year.
The staff and immediate family members of HSLDA and all related entities (PRO, HSF, PHC) are not eligible to participate in contests sponsored by HSLDA or any of the related entities.
Essays must be mailed to:
Prizes for Each Category
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