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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.

Brighter World Art Contest 2017
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)
Deadline: May 15, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Civil Rights Defense Fund Writing Contest
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. The entry deadline for this contest is December 31, 2017
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
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 of each year. The first 100 entrants receive a free pocket constitution book from constitutionfacts.com, with the contest winner receiving additional prizes! To learn more, download the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest entry form.
Deadline: Oct 02, 2017
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest
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.
Deadline: Aug 15, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge
Looking for a fun and challenging activity for your students? Show off their math and problem-solving skills by participating in the 2015 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 in July.
Deadline: Jul 01, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Math Contests - Homeschool Division
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.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Midwest Christian Fellowship Annual Essay Contest
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.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


National Young Astronomer Award
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.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2018
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


News Bowl USA
The National Contest is a current events challenge involving schools across the nation. Held in the spring, The News Bowl Contest involves teams of 3-5 students by grade level from grade three to high school. Teams form each fall.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Optimist International Oratorical Contest
The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. Topic for the 2016-2017 School Year is: “What the World Gains from 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.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Poetic Power Student Writing Contests
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.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Science Olympiad
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.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the only aerospace-specific national STEM competition. TARC has reached over 55,000 students in the past decade. An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry's design, fabrication and testing processes. All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg ("the astronaut") without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included; this year we are challenging students to fly two eggs and to use two parachutes to recover the rocket and eggs. Registration begins annually in September.
Deadline: Nov 30, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Action For Nature’s International Young Eco-Hero Award
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.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program
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.
Deadline: Mar 01, 2018
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Radiant Peace Education Awards
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
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


You Be The Chemist Challenge
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.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


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