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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.

Amazing Women's Edition Writing Contest
Deadline: Jan 20, 2020
To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the Amazing Women's Edition (AWE) competition. This writing contest is open to students in grades K to 8 residing in the United States. Each entry must incorporate the theme of Local Heroines. AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities. The winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries. Additionally, the winning student will receive a $500 prize. The parent, teacher or team leader will receive $250. The award will presented at the Philadelphia Girls Rally in March 2020. Deadline: The book entry must be postmarked by January 6, 2020.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest's first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion's National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.For more information: oratorical@legion.org
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Association of Women in Math Essay Contest
Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathmatics. Open to students Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduates. Submission deadline: January 31, 2020
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.)


Civil Rights Defense Fund Writing Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?". The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its Yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Deadline: Oct 31, 2019
Each year the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 250 scholarships valued from $4,000 to $20,000 to high school seniors. "Coca-Cola" Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal merit and commitment. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed. Applications are accepted Aug 1 - Oct 31 of the senior year in high school.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
Deadline: Oct 01, 2019
Constitutionfacts.com and the GIC (Government Information for Children - ALA GODORT) are national sponsors of the Tenth Annual U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest for students, an international contest promoted exclusively through the Internet.To compete, the contest invites K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2019. The first 100 entrants receive a free pocket constitution book from constitutionfacts.com, with the contest winners receiving additional prizes!
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Creative Communication Poetry Contests
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Enter the poetry contests and get published. Entries must be students in 9th grade or lower living in the United States. Three poetry contests a year.
This is an annual contest. (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.)


K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge
Deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Looking for a fun and challenging activity for your students? Show off their math and problem-solving skills by participating in the Game-a-thon Challenge! MIND Research Institute sponsors the annual and national K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge to cultivate and showcase game designs featuring creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems. Students will launch a life-long love of math as they apply the math they are learning to game-play. Top entries are featured at our annual Math Fair (location varies each year). Sign-ups begin Jan 1 of each year, with a cut off deadline for play is June 30.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Math Contests - Homeschool Division
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to inspire students to excel in math, and to convey the message to young students: It is COOL to be good at math! The contest is for students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. Any teacher from a public school or a private school is welcome to register their students. Open to Homeschool students in grades 2 - 8.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about 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.)


Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: "Where are My Roots of Optimism." Contest is eligible to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Optimist Club. All Club-level contests are typically held by late March.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Poetic Power Student Writing Contests
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Creative Communication is devoted to promoting writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of student writing contests is to motivate creative writers. Top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today's student writers. Multiple ongoing contests.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Science Olympiad
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. Teams start each fall.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Science without Borders Challenge
Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce the 7th annual Science Without Borders Challenge. This international art competition engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world's oceans and aquatic resources.The Science Without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The Science Without Borders Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.The theme for the 2019 Science Without Borders Challenge is "Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders." There are no barriers, boundaries, or borders in the ocean, and although we often list the oceans separately, they are all interconnected to each other, forming one global ocean. For this year's contest, use your artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how the ocean is connected.The deadline for entry into the year's Science without Borders Challenge is Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
This is an annual contest. (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 Radiant Peace Education Awards
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
All students in grades 1-12 from public and private schools, home schools, youth and afterschool groups, and abroad are welcome to enter the national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards. The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects. Two contest held annually. Deadlines are April and December of each year
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


You Be The Chemist Challenge
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge is an interactive academic competition that engages grade 5?8 students in learning with their peers (and their community!) about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety. The Challenge is similar in format to spelling bee/quiz bowl competitions but engages participating students in the study of chemistry. The YBTC Challenge is organized into three competitive levels: local, state, and national. Local Challenges take place in communities nationwide through the collaborative efforts of industry, educators, and other community volunteers. Challenges begin in the fall of each school year.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


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