Hello contestants of EssayHub’s essay writing contest; we are here to inform you that the contest has officially ended on April 30th, 2017, with three different prizes available for first, second and third place respectively. On the 15th of May, the three winners were selected from a large pool. We wish to congratulate Hiran Patel from India for his essay on improving the international education system; his essay earned him the 3rd place spot. In second place came American writer Jason Headford, writing a fantastic article about the ever diminishing illusion of the American Dream. Our first place writer wished to remain anonymous, but we must thank her for a fantastic essay on the pro’s and con’s of peer pressure. Overall, the winning writers decided to keep their social media information private so we must honor their request.
In the near future, we will be offering similar contests to more intrigued writers who are eager to show us their literary skills. If you are interested in sending us quality work for a chance to win an awesome prize, then please get acquainted with our instructions beforehand. Anyways, to all participants who were involved with the Essay Writing Contest, we thank you for your efforts and wish you success in your academic ventures!
Contest Was Closed on April the 30th, 2017
The passionate team at EssayHub is very dedicated to securing the academic success and growth of future generations. Not only do we provide excellent essay writing services alongside a wide variety of educational blog posts, but now have also chosen to present you with an essay writing contest. Everyone is more than welcome to participate in this essay contest as long as they fulfill the necessary requirements.
If this is your first time exploring the EssayHub, get to know us better by following a link to our About Us page.
This section of our website serves as a means to update our community in terms of the contests being held and those to be held in the near future. We kindly request that this be taken seriously, thus please submit only the best essays on the topic of your choice from the given options.
There is absolutely no fee to enter this contest at EssayHub.com. You might be wondering why we are doing this. We believe that we should reward our community for their customs as well as offer them a chance to earn some money by using the knowledge they have gained from our educational blogs. Such an event allows one to test their capabilities while also getting a reward so why not give it a try yourself? There is nothing to lose in this scenario, except the opportunity to see if your work is truly amazing.
Essay Contest Instructions & Guidelines
- Have a registered working email address that is yours and only you have access to.
- Any individual choosing to participate in this contest must be undergoing High School or higher level education (university, college )
- Every submission must meet the minimum word count requirement of 500 words to 1000 words max.
- All work for this essay contest must be written in English. We understand that the world is multilingual and we would enjoy reading such interesting works in their original language. However, it would make conducting such an event nearly impossible.
- Fill our application form located on this page to take part in the contest. Or send Your works in Word or Doc type files as to allow easy access to them to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Essay Writing Contest.
- The email submission requirements need you to place your name in work itself and in the text of the email letter itself. Example:Essay Writing Contest - Joseph Smith.
- Avoid continuously looking to debate whether you should be the winner or trying to convince the judges why you think you deserved to win. All judging is done anonymously and based SOLELY on the quality of the essay writer’s work. This allows for only the best essays to win.
- We DO NOT accept the submission of any kind of scholarship essay.
- Plagiarism is a no go. All those found guilty will be disqualified without being notified. No excuses, no exceptions. There are many referencing guides available on our website for you to use in case you get stuck.
- In the case of a resubmission from a previous contest, it will not be taken into account and regarded as plagiarism.
- All submissions must be given in by the 30th of April 2017 11:59 PST at the latest. Make sure to include your correct contact information so we may get a hold of you if you have won. The event begins on the 17th of February 2017 at 12:00 PST.
Registration Process Requirements
- Double check to make sure you can respect and fit the above given requirements.
- Fill in the application form and follow its instructions.
- Lastly submit your essay online following the requirements given in the instructions.
Available Topics For Our Essay Writing Contest
Participants are free to choose amongst any of the 10 available topics as these are frequently encountered and quite controversial.
- Is the American Dream still alive?
- Can money buy us happiness?
- What could be done to improve the educational system?
- Is taking written exams the best way to test one's knowledge?
- Violence in video games, should teens play them?
- Have technological advancements reduced our appreciation of human emotions?
- Can peer pressure be good for self development?
- Are the elderly entitled to free bus rides in our country?
- Can our personal achievements and knowledge ever be examined without being bias?
- To what extent do team sports influence our communication skills?
All works are graded anonymously in order to ensure fairness in deciding the winners.
Prize Pool Distribution For The Top Three
The prize pool for this essay contest was set at $1000. It will be distributed amongst the top three winning writers in the following manner:
- 1st Place - $500
- 2nd Place - $300
- 3rd Place - $200
Each of the top three winners will be given the opportunity to have their work published and shared across a large variety of social media outlets in order to help promote the author's talent. We kindly ask all participants to follow-up on information being posted on EssayHub.com as that is where we will initially release the winner list through the means of a special blog post. The winners will be contacted first of course to see if it is acceptable for their names to be released in this post as well as if we have permission to share their work on various platforms.
If you are one of the winners it is best advised to respond to the notification as soon as possible so that we may have you taken care of in a timely fashion.
Are you interested in entering a writing contest, but don’t know how to win? After reading these seven tips, you’ll become a surefire contender for winning the top prize.
1. Captivate from your first sentence
“The first sentence sets the tone for the entire piece.” You may have heard similar advice many times before, but it really does hold true of trying to produce a memorable piece of writing. Would you be inclined to continue reading a submission if the first line is dull, cliche, or doesn’t convey its intention effectively?
The harsh truth is that due to time constraints and the large volume of entries received, many writing contest judges simply flick through the submissions they receive. The golden handful that are read properly are the submissions that capture the reader from the very beginning. Of course, your writing should be captivating from the first word to the last, but especially in the case of a writing contest, it should be one of your top priorities to ensure that the judges give your piece the consideration it deserves.
2. Think outside the box
Think about this: Hundreds or thousands of other people are likely to apply for the same competition as you. This means your goal should be to make your submission stand out. How? Give the judges something to “chew on”. Whether it be a different perspective, an innovative idea or perhaps a controversial topic, your submission should be memorable.
Try to consider the given topic from a number of angles. Sure, it’s “safer” to take the usual angle to a topic if you’re confident you can do it well. But once you think about all the other people who took a similar one, it doesn’t seem like such a safe bet after all. Push yourself to take a different perspective. Another important tip is to stay away from cliched phrases or anything that sounds overused and stale. Remember, as long as you can back up what you say and convey your ideas effectively, adopting a unique approach is easy way to make your submission stand out.
3. Be consistent
Consistency is a fundamental tenet of solid writing. Without consistency, your piece will be challenging for the judges to read. In order to ensure your submission demonstrates consistency, consider the following areas:
Organize your ideas so that there is a clear flow and structure. This rule applies to any type of piece- from a nonfiction essay to a short story or poem. Structure is king.
If you’re writing an essay or analysis, assert your standpoint or message from the beginning and ensure it is evident right through to the end. If you are arguing in favor of something, for example, don’t backtrack on your words later on in the piece. This is a common error of inexperienced writers, who have a tendency to flip flop on their views throughout. Be sure to highlight your standpoint with supporting evidence at all times.
Your plot and characters
If you’re writing a story, you will need to develop the plot and characters skillfully. It is important that you do not have any plot holes, as this will throw out the whole balance of your story. Your characters should consistently reflect the personality and behavioral characteristics you attached to them in all their actions and dialogue.
Your submission should have a uniform style, from punctuation to stylistic features like the font and headings. See Tip 5 and 6 for more information.
4. Emotionally engage
One of the hard and fast rules about writing well is to write in a way that emotionally engages the reader. Whatever topic you write about, try to hone in on an aspect which has the potential to tap into the reader’s experiences or bring about meaningful reaction in them. A judge is far more likely to remember your piece of writing if it prompted them to feel, think, or even reflect or question their own views.
Unless the competition calls for it, try not to make your writing too specific to yourself. Try to write in a way which will allow anyone who reads your submission to find something they can identify with, or at least relate to. For instance, instead of writing about the impact a certain policy has on you, write about how it has affected your town, city, or the country as a whole. Everyone likes being able to see themselves in a piece of writing- make sure your piece speaks to everyone.
5. Edit, edit, edit
Any writer will tell you that writing is only half the battle- editing is where the real beast lies. A simple way to impress the judges of a writing contest is to make sure you have read and reread your article for errors. And no, a quick once-over won’t cut it. You’ll need to be vigilant in your search for typos, punctuation errors, structural weaknesses, cliches, overused words and any other problems. Once you learn how to edit effectively, and become more confident doing it, editing your piece won’t seem nearly as confronting.
Even when it’s not explicitly stated in the competition guidelines that editing will be considered, you can be certain that any judge will look more favorably on a well-edited piece than a poorly edited one. You never know, if your piece is running head-to-head with another contestant’s for the top prize, a “simple” mistake could cost you the whole contest. Ignore proofreading at your own peril.
6. Get a fresh set of eyes
It may be daunting to show your submission to someone you’re close to, but having another set of eyes to look over your writing is invaluable. As any writer who has spent hours mulling over their piece will know, it’s difficult to detect your own errors or weaknesses.
When you ask someone to edit your work, it’s best to provide them with the competition guidelines so they know exactly what to be on the lookout for. If there is a particular area you are worried about, such as your punctuation or structure, let them know so they can better advise you. Receiving constructive criticism about your writing, and acting on it, is one of the best ways to improve your writing and have a good chance at winning a competition.
7. Mind your manners
Many contests require you to submit your entry by email, and this is where a lot of contestants fail to make a good impression. A surprising amount of participants simply attach the document without anything written in the body of the message. If a contest is by email submission, you need to follow proper etiquette. The following is a simple guide to writing an email to submit your piece to a writing competition:
- Subject line: First, title your email clearly. Something simple as “[Name of competition] Submission” and your own name is usually fine. Some competitions will request you title your email something specific- so read the guidelines carefully!
- Salutation: Open the body of your email with a salutation such as, “Dear [competition organization/person in charge]”.
- Self intro: Next, provide a very brief self-introduction which states who you are and what you do (e.g. student, freelance writer).
- Reason for emailing: Concisely explain that you are sending the email to enter their competition. Make sure to you specify the competition to which you submitting, as some organizations have a number of competitions running concurrently.
- Final thanks:Thank the organization/person for the opportunity to enter this competition. If you want you can express that you’re looking forward to hearing from them further.
- Sign off: End with a formal sign-off like “Yours sincerely/Kindest regards [your name]”
Here is a sample email:
[Email Subject: The Power of Science Competition Submission]
To whom it may concern at Sunflower Writing,
My name is James West, and I am completing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
I am writing to submit my entry to your writing competition, “The Power of Science”. My submission answers the question, “Which Scientific Development has had the Greatest Impact on the 21st Century?”
Please find my entry attached to this email.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enter this competition.
So writers, read over these tips (a few times if you need to!), be confident, and get to it! Writing competitions are a fantastic opportunity to polish your writing skills and get some feedback on your writing. The chance to win some prize money is just the *icing on the cake.
*Yep, that’s a cliche there. Good spotting! For those who missed it, it’s back to Tip Number 2 for you!