The 2021 Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest is now open for submissions from all high school students in the United States and its territories. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to 12 winners. To enter the contest, students must submit an essay of 500 words or fewer in response to the following prompt:

Describe the effect on American youth of the confluence of our country’s longstanding gun violence epidemic with the current Covid-19 pandemic and the threat of violent insurrection; and describe what role you believe the adoption of stringent gun control laws should play at this critical time in our nation’s history.

Students must submit their essays along with their demographic information via the Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest online entry form. Click on these links for full contest rules and an essay contest flyer. The deadline for students to enter the contest is 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, April 17, 2021.