Children’s/YA Contests

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash! Safe2Drive is seeking true stories about your experiences as a new or young driver to be published in our driver education course and textbook. We want to hear from teens about what it’s really like out there on the road. What experiences challenged you? Changed you? Scared you straight? Made you proud of your defensive driving skills? Below are some of the topics you may choose to write about, though you are not required to write about any of these topics as long as your story is related to driving. • Getting your permit or license • Challenges or fears you faced when you first started driving • Mistakes you made or witnessed while driving • Aggressive driving or road rage • Drinking and driving • Texting and driving • Being distracted while behind the wheel • A time you did or did not use IPDE • An accident caused by tailgating or not using proper space management • Giving the right-of-way correctly/incorrectly • Parallel parking • Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles or vulnerable roadway users • Vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions • Taking a road trip Writing Guidelines: • Your story must be written in the first person and be about you. • Your story must be true. No fictional accounts. • Your story must be between 250-1,200 words. Writing Tips: • Make it a story—something funny, exciting, or scary—that readers can relate to. We are not looking for an essay with a thesis or a journalistic article that you would see in a newspaper. This should feel personal. • Try incorporating dialogue and descriptions of the people and setting to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are really there, experiencing this along with you. Try evoking the five senses. • Think about having a beginning, middle, and end to the story. In the beginning, you should introduce the setting (i.e. time and place). • Start as close to the main action/event as possible. If Your Story is Chosen If we choose your story for publication in our course, we will notify you by email and request your permission to publish it. You will be paid $100 for all rights to your work. You may use a pen name if you do not feel comfortable using your real name. Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015 Please submit your story to:  safe2drive1@gmail.com Visit the website: ...

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2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest 1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500 Our Topic for 2014 – “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War” In 1864 the American Civil War became even more savage. Casualties rose and prisoner exchanges stopped. During William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and Phil Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, civilian property was deliberately targeted. Was Lincoln in part responsible for this hardening and brutalization of war in 1864, or was it an unpreventable development–a consequence of war’s inertia? Should he have tried to mitigate it? Was this more brutal war and its hundreds of thousands of casualties and endless destruction justified in the effort to save the Union and destroy slavery – or was it not acceptable for any reason? Contest Rules Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions. The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2014 semester. The July 31, 2014 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams. You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period. It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2014 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible. The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes. Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum. Deadline for entries is July 31, 2014 Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words. Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2014) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2014) to the address below. The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required. There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application. Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper. Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in...

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