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Contests for Homeschoolers

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Remember that most contests run on the academic year with registration in the fall and winners announced in the early spring. If you find that there are no current contests when you check, please check back in the fall for the new deadlines.

Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest
Deadline: Feb 08, 2019
The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest is a state-wide poster and literature competition. All K-12 students residing in or adjacent to the North Slope Borough and the following National Wildlife Refuges: Arctic, Yukon Delta, Togiak, Izembek, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof, Alaska Maritime, Selawik, Innoko, Koyukuk and Nowitna may enter. Theme: "AK Bird Babies"
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Brighter World Art Contest 2017
Deadline: May 18, 2019
Submit digital photographs of the 2D artwork you have created this year. Categories: Lower Elementary (K - 2); Upper Elementary (3 - 5): Middle (6 - 8): High (9 - 12)
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Celebrate The West High School Art Competition
Deadline: Apr 28, 2019
The Western Governors' Association is proud to announce its 4th Annual "Celebrate the West" regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state and living in the West.The entry deadline is April 28, 2019. Students are welcome to submit artwork used for other contests or assignments. Students' artwork will be returned, and shipping will be paid for by WGA.It is easy to enter! Students only need to email a photograph of their artwork along with the entry form found on the website.http://westgov.org/celebrate-the-westWestern Governors' Association 720-939-0444
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest
Deadline: Mar 31, 2019
This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. Writing Contest entries may be written on a maximum of (5) pages, either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject or theme. All poems must be 30 lines or fewer and either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing. There is a $10.00 (US dollars) entry fee per short story submitted and a $5.00 (US dollars) entry fee per poem submitted.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Engineer Girl Essay Contest
Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction. Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem. There are three basic rules. 1. Your main character must be female. 2. Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem - she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers. 3. Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level. Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words. Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words. High School (grades 9-12): 1500 words.All stories must be original work. Any evidence of plagiarism will immediately disqualify an entry.Submit your essay via the Online Submission Form by February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


ExploraVision
Deadline: Feb 08, 2019
ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. ExploraVision is designed for K - 12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels. The competition is open to students enrolled in public, private or home school in the United States and Canada.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Kids Philosophy Slam
Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
2019 Philosophy Slam Topic: Hate or Love: Which has a greater impact on society? The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and fun for kids of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical dialogue between kids and adults, and to promote a greater awareness of philosophy and education in everyday life. Over $3,000 in prizes are available to students & schools. Home school participation as well as international participation is encouraged. Postmark Deadline for entries and electronic submissions:April 12th, 2019. Guidelines for electronic submissions posted by February 1, 2019.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Midwest Christian Fellowship Annual Essay Contest
Deadline: Apr 30, 2019
Students are asked to use skills in research, analysis and logical reasoning by preparing an effective presentation of a thesis in a creation-oriented paper. Two Categories: Junior High ages 11-14, Senior High Ages 14-18. Essays can be electronically submitted to info@MidwestCreationFellowship.org from Jan 1 to April 30.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


National History Day
Deadline: Jun 09, 2019
NHD is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland, offering year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting and presenting original research on historical topics. It provides the organizational structure for students to enter contests at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the national competition at the University of Maryland at College Park.This competition serves as a vehicle that facilitates a positive learning experience for students and fosters an environment that promotes the study of history in middle and high school students. It teaches skills of research, creativity, writing, editing, and critical thinking. Participating in NHD is a rewarding experience for strong students interested in history and a great foundation for a potential future in the field.The National Contest will be held June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


National Young Astronomer Award
Deadline: Jan 31, 2019
N.Y.A.A. is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements by high school aged astronomers throughout the United States. To apply, eligible persons should submit application packages by the January 31 deadline.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Neuroscience for Kids 2019 Drawing Contest
Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
All material must have a neuroscience theme such as brain anatomy (a part of the brain), brain function (memory, language, emotions, movement, the senses, etc.), drug abuse or brain health (helmets, brain disorders, etc.). Only one entry per person. Use either the PDF or WORD versions of the official entry form (copies of the form are acceptable) to enter a picture on the topic for your age group (see below). Drawings must be done by hand using pencils, pens, markers, and/or crayons. Feel free to use words in your drawings. Be creative!If you are in Kindergrarten to Grade 2: Your picture should be about "My brain helps me ________."If you are in Grade 3 to Grade 5: Your picture should be about "Brain Fitness: I keep my brain healthy by ______."If you are in Grade 6 to Grade 8: Your picture should be about "My brain is like a _______ because _________."If you are in Grade 9 to Grade 12: Your picture should be about "My favorite part of the brain is ____ because________."If you are a college student, parent or teacher: Your picture should be about "My favorite neuroscientist is______ because ______."
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Student Book Scholars Writing Contest
Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
National Youth Foundation sponsored contest. 2018 Theme is Anti-Bullying. There is no fee to enter and is open to kids in Grades K to 8. Prize: $500 and your book published (the parent or project coordinator for the winning team wins $250). Deadline:July 15, 2019
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Action For Nature's International Young Eco-Hero Award
Deadline: Feb 28, 2019
Honors the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 who have done creative environmental projects. The winners of AFN's International Young Eco-Hero Awards program receive a cash prize and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on the Web site and elsewhere.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program
Deadline: Mar 01, 2019
An educational arts and science program teaching students grades K - 12 the importance of conservation, waterfowl and wetlands. State art contests are held annually from February to April. Deadline for entries in the United States and U.S. Territories is March 1. Note the deadlines for the following states; South Carolina is January 10, Arizona is March 1, and Ohio is March 1. See listing of state deadlines in appliction.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


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