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Contests and Scholarships: Spring Deadlines

Bluefire $1000 for 1000 Words - Deadline February 1, 2017

The Bluefire $1,000 for 1000 Words contest is for creative fiction. Your short story must contain exactly 1000 words - no more, no less. Entries are due by February 1, 2017. The prize is (of course) $1,000.

Gloria Barron Prize - Deadline April 15, 2017

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Are you leading an inspiring project in your community? The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors young people who are currently working as an individual (not as a group) on service work. If this is you, fill out an application for a chance to win $5,000 toward your higher education or current service project.

Applications due by April 15, 2017

United States Institute of Peace - Deadline March 15, 2017

United States Institute of Peace Essay Contest

According to the United Nations, 65 million people worldwide have left their homes to seek safety elsewhere due to violence, conflict, persecution, or human rights violations. The majority of these people are refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Write a 1000 - 1250 word memo imagining you are a diplomat working abroat in one of four countries. See Essay Contest page for more details. Due March 15, 2017.

Egirl essay contest - February 1, 2017

The EngineerGirl 2017 Essay Contest asks high schoolers to write an essay of 1000-1500 words.

Imagine that you are an engineer in an engineering firm poised to implement your proposed solution in a specific location and/or situation.  Write a proposal to the organization that would fund this project.   Describe the solution in detail and explain how and why it should be implemented.  Describe the expertise available at your imaginary firm and explain how any other groups might need to be involved in the design, manufacturing, and distribution processes.  Explain what has already been tried or is already known about this type of solution and what would be new or innovative.  Describe how you will test or anticipate failure for any new innovations to minimize risk. Describe exactly what this project would aim to achieve, and make a case for why the cost would be justified.

Winners receive $500. Entries due by February 1, 2017.

Ayn Rand Institute - Three contests, various deadlines

Anthem Essay Contest is for students in 9th and 10th grade. The deadline to enter is March 29, 2017. 1st place prize is $2,000.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest is for students in 11th and 12th grade. The deadline for entries is April 26, 2017. 1st place prize is $10,000.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is for students enrolled in 12th grade, college, or graduate school. Deadline is April 28, 2017. 1st place prize is $20,000.