The winner of the 2015 XYPN Essay Contest is Patrick Hardin!

Winner, Nonfiction, 2016 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest |

Breaking Barriers - Sadie Chamberlain, essay contest winner

My College Guide has gathered a list of 10 essay contests that high school sophomores and juniors can participate in. Be sure to check each contest’s website for complete rules and deadlines. Now, get your laptop ready and start writing!

From now until 8th November, you can participate in KYA essay contest.


The Voice of Democracy contest is also an essay based contest but must include an audio recording of the essay's reading along with each submission.

If you want to participate in EssayLancers Professional Essay Contest 2016, you need to:

The Ida Kramer Children and the Holocaust Essay Contest, and the Meyer and Frances Schnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest, are open to students in grades 7-12.

Local owners of 23 years decide to give away their restaurant in an essay contest!

The 3 essay contest winners read their essays and were honoured at the November 3rd event for Holocaust Education Week at Forest Hill United Church. FAST founders, Tony and Elizabeth Comper spoke about the FAST program, the reasons for creating it and how students have been empowered to speak out against anti-Semitism and intolerance.
Deadline is in early November
Can you write? Do you have strong opinions about certain subjects? The Voice of Democracy Program is an audio essay contest for students in grades 9 through 12. If you are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories you are eligible to participate.

"Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges"

Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.

Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at .

The Essay Contest planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. Students must contact their local Optimist Club.

Deadline is in late December
To participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest you must do research and write an essay that deals with: an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.
Deadline is in early December
The Fleet Reserve Association Essay Contest asks 7th through 12th grade students to write an essay up to 350 words on a different topic every year. The best essay will get a prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, with $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 Savings Bonds awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each grade category. All regional winners are judged at the national level and receive a certificate of recognition.
Deadline: Varies by district
The Optimist International Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International. You must enter the contest through your local Optimist Club (each club has their own deadlines, however, all club contest are done by early February).
Deadline is in early February
The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding runs the National Peace Essay Contest. They believe that questions about peace, justice, freedom, and security are vital to civic education. Over 1,100 students submit entries to the essay contest annually.
Deadline is in early March
Every year the EngineerGirl Essay Contest asks boys and girls to write an essay about a different subject.
The competition is run by the National Academy of Engineering.Peace Islands Institute announces its 5th Annual Art & Essay Contest for the middle and high school students in the State of New Jersey. Since its inception in 2010 PII’s Art & Essay contest for grades 6-12 has reached a prominent number of submissions each year. The board later decided to limit the submissions 5 per teacher per grade, where more than 200 NJ schools are participating.
Deadline is in mid March
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) sponsors Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The contest asks students to think about the important concepts of genetics.