The Americans Against Gun Violence 2018 National High School Essay Contest is now open to all high school students in the United States and its territories. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to the 12 contest winners. The prompt for the contest is the following quotation from the late Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut, who said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on June 11, 1968:
“The time has now come that we must adopt stringent gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world.”
The deadline for students to enter the contest is 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 6. (The entry form for this contest was closed on May 7.)
· Essay Topic
- To enter the 2018 Americans Against Gun Violence Essay Contest, students must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the following quotation from the late Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut, who said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 1968, “The time has now come that we must adopt stringent gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world.”
· Contest Eligibility and Rules
- Contestants must be high school students attending school in the United States or its territories.
- Students who entered high school on track to graduate in 2018 but who graduated early are also eligible.
- Direct relatives of Americans Against Gun Violence Board members, employees, and paid consultants are not eligible.
- Contestants are encouraged to discuss the essay topic with teachers, parents, friends, and other mentors, but each contestant must write the essay himself or herself, in his or her own words.
- Contestants who are under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enter the contest.
- To enter the contest, students must submit their essays and demographic information via this online entry system.