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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.

Brighter World Art Contest
Deadline: May 15, 2020
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 15th, 2020
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Celebrate The West High School Art Competition
Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
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 30, 2020. 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. Western Governors' Association 720-939-0444
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
Deadline: Oct 01, 2020 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, with the contest winners receiving additional prizes!
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
Deadline: Mar 07, 2020
Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.Complete your student profile and upload your video entry by May 7th, 2020. Challenge opens March 7, 2020
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

International ECo-Hero awards for YOUNG Environmentalists
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
Every year since 2003, Action For Nature (AFN), a U.S.based non-profit, has sought to recognize and reward young people who are taking action to solve the world's tough environmental problems. We are proud to honor the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 all over the globe who have done creative environmental projects with a cash prize, certificate of achievement, and public recognition. Applications for 2020 run through February 28th, 2020 and are now open.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge
Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
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.)

Kids Philosophy Slam
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
2020 Philosophy Slam Topic: With all of the conflict and division in the world today, the Kids Philosophy Slam asks the question: What is the Meaning of Life? 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 3, 2020.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

National History Day
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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 2020 National Contest will be held June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Deadlines are different depending on which state you love in
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

National Young Astronomer Award
Deadline: Mar 31, 2020
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 March 31 deadline.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

Science without Borders Challenge
Deadline: Apr 20, 2020
The theme for this year's Science Without Borders Challenge is "Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs." Throughout the world, coral reefs are rapidly declining and threatened by a variety of factors=both natural and man=made. If nothing is done to save them, many coral reefs will no longer exist as functioning ecosystems by the end of the century. For this year's contest, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is asking students to use their artistic talents to create a piece of art that illustrates one or more of the different actions that can be taken to preserve coral reefs. The deadline to enter the 2020 Science Without Borders Challenge is Monday, April 20, 2020.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

Student Book Scholars Writing Contest
Deadline: Jul 15, 2020
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, 2020
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge
Deadline: Sep 26, 2020
The world needs more changemakers! Ashoka and T-Mobile have teamed up to identify changemakers with innovative ideas and projects to create positive change in their communities. Looking for US & Puerto Rico based young changemakers ages 13-23 to submit changemaker ideas and projects through the Changemaker Platform. Specifically looking for amazing ideas and solutions that make technology a force for good, that improve the health of our planet, and that fuel all types of learning both in and outside of classrooms. Selected teams will get an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle for a two-day intensive Changemaker Lab workshop focused on collaboration, skills development, and increasing impact hosted at T-Mobile's Headquarters. In addition, teams will receive funding and publicity to support their projects. Submit your ideas TODAY! Applications close September 26th!
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline: Dec 01, 2020
The American Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry's strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), the contest was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program. Registration begins annually in September.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

The Congressional Seminar Essay Contest
Deadline: Dec 01, 2020
The Congressional Seminar Essay contest is open to students in grades 10,11, 12. The students will write an essay on the topic: "Why is history important? Why should we preserve our national treasures and how should we, as a nation, continue to preserve our lands and historic buildings?" This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation's capital.Students may apply online at (click on student resources then click on Congressional Essay Contest). Essays are due by Dec. 1, 2019.
(No information found about previous winners.)

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program
Deadline: Mar 01, 2020
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.)

WriteAtHome Scholarship Essay Contest for Class of 2020 Homeschoolers
Deadline: Mar 01, 2020 is hosting an essay contest for class of 2020 graduating homeschoolers. Awarding three prizes: $1,000, $500, and $250. There is NO entry fee. Students do not need to be part of WriteAtHome to enter. Entry deadline is March 1, 2020 at 11:50 PM Eastern time
(No information found about previous winners.)

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