HSLDA Homeschool Contests
 

Contests for Homeschoolers

Every year, HSLDA offers 4 quarterly contests, open to all homeschooled students ages 7–19. The 2014–2015 academic year is upon us, and HSLDA is excited to kick off this year’s student contests with our 13th annual Essay Contest!

The power to communicate is the power to effect change. Artwork, poetry, photography, and essay writing represent powerful tools of visual and verbal communication. Through its contests, HSLDA hopes to offer homeschooled students the opportunity to hone their skills in a fun and creative setting that invites them to think outside the box and be rewarded for excellence.

Fall: Essay Contest
Accepts entries September–October. See Guidelines!

Winter: Art Contest
Accepts entries December–January. See past winners! Guidelines will be posted in October 2014.

Spring: Poetry Contest
Accepts entries March–April. Read 2014 winning poems!

Summer: Photo Contest
Currently accepting entries through August 1st, 2014. Winning photos will be posted shortly!

Click on the links above or on the menu at right to learn more about each contest or to see respective contest guidelines and themes. Read tips and suggestions from our judges on how to make your entry stand out during the judging rounds.

Attention, Parents and Teachers!
This rich student-teacher interaction is one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling! So, while the entries submitted must be entirely the work of the student, we strongly encourage you to use our contest prompts as a basis for discussion, inspiration, and instruction before and during the creative artistic or writing process.

Even if your children do not submit their entries, we encourage you to take advantage of the theme prompts for creative projects in your own home school.

Don’t consider yourself an artist or writer?
Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious—pass it on.” Peruse our archives of previous winners to glean a wealth of inspiration for whatever contest prompt lies before you!

Do you know where contest profits go?
All contest profits go to the Special Needs Children Fund, administered by our charitable arm, the Home School Foundation. In 2013 alone, 12 families received substantial grants through this fund from monies raised by HSLDA’s contests, to help them purchase curriculum and materials for their children with special learning needs.

To learn about the Special Needs Children’s Fund and the mission of the Home School Foundation, visit their website at www.HomeSchoolFoundation.org.

You are welcome to contact our Contest Coordinator with any questions:
Contests@hslda.org

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