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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 08, 2021
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. Deadline: The book entry must be postmarked by January 8, 2021.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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: Feb 01, 2021
Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathmatics. Open to students Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduates. Submission deadline: February 1, 2021
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Austin PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Deadline: Apr 08, 2020
This is the 25th anniversary of the Austin PBS KIDS Writers Contest (formerly known as the KLRU KIDS Writers Contest)! It is a Central Texas contest designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to write and illustrate stories in English or Spanish and submit them to Austin PBS. All children who enter the contest have their story published on our website! Details, forms and submission information are on our webpage. Everyone is invited to the celebration on Saturday, May 16th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the downtown Austin Public Library's Demonstration Area. RSVP required.
(No information found about previous winners.)


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. http://westgov.org/celebrate-the-west Western 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, 2020
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, 2020
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.)


Congressional Art competition 2020 New Mexico
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
Each spring members of Congress have the opportunity to host an art competition to highlight the outstanding talent of students in their districts. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in New Mexico's 1st District. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for a full year in a U.S. Capitol exhibit that includes artwork from other contest winners nationwide. The winner and a parent or guardian will be awarded a free flight, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C. for the Annual Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony. All entries must be delivered to the District Office by Friday April 17th, at 5:00 pm.
(No information found about previous winners.)


Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
Deadline: Oct 01, 2020
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, 2020
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: Dec 31, 2020
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 Writing Contest
Deadline: Feb 01, 2021
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The topic and detailed instructions for the contest are posted in the fall with a deadline for submissions early the following year. Winners are announced in the spring. 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, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about 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)


Math Contests - Homeschool Division
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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.)


Michigan Star Constitution Bee
Deadline: Apr 18, 2020
Every student in the country in grades 8 through 12-whether they attend public school, public charter school, private school, or are home schooled-is eligible to compete in the 2020 National Constitution Bee program. Round One of this program will take place at the state level during April and May of this year. The Michigan National Constitution Bee, April 18, 2020, Royal Oak, Michigan (sponsored by the Founders Freedom Forum, The Janice Daniels Radio Program, the Michigan Chapter of U.S. Parents Involved in Education, and The Michigan Star)
(No information found about previous winners.)


Midwest Christian Fellowship Annual Essay Contest
Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
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 Constitution Bee
Deadline: Oct 17, 2020
The inaugural National Constitution Bee will be held at The Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2020. The first place winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship The second place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship The third place winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship To qualify to participate in The National Constitution Bee, students must finish in the top 3 in their State Constitution Bee - or in cases where the state does not have a Constitution Bee - the At-Large Constitution Bee. The top three finishers in each State Constitution Bee will receive college scholarships and a free trip to Washington, D.C. for themselves and a parent that coincides with the National Constitution Bee.
(No information found about 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.)


Ohio National Constitution Bee
Deadline: May 02, 2020
Every student in the country in grades 8 through 12-whether they attend public school, public charter school, private school, or are home schooled-is eligible to compete in the 2020 National Constitution Bee program. Round One of this program will take place at the state level during April and May of this year.
(No information found about previous winners.)


Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 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! https://www.t-mobile.com/responsibility/community/education/changemaker-challenge 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.)


Tennessee National Constitution Bee
Deadline: Apr 25, 2020
The Tennessee National Constitution Bee, April 25, 2020 (morning), Goodlettsville, Tennessee (sponsored by the Polk Foundation and The Tennessee Star)
(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 nscda.org (click on student resources then click on Congressional Essay Contest). Essays are due by Dec. 1, 2019.
(No information found about previous winners.)


The Minnesota National Constitution Bee,
Deadline: May 09, 2020
Every student in the country in grades 8 through 12-whether they attend public school, public charter school, private school, or are home schooled-is eligible to compete in the 2020 National Constitution Bee program. Round One of this program will take place at the state level during April and May of this year.The Minnesota National Constitution Bee, May 9, 2020, Minneapolis, Minnesota (sponsored by The Minnesota Sun)
(No information found about previous winners.)


The Radiant Peace Education Awards
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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, 2020
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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