Easy Essay Contests For College

for the opportunity to win $5,000 towards the college of your choice.

Submit your three page essay answering the following question:

Out of the Easy references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in “Out of the Easy” and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.— Charles Dickens

No purchase necessary

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

SUBMISSIONS

  •  Please be sure to see full details and complete Official Rules at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com.
  • Essays must be exactly three double-spaced pages, single or double sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around.
  • Essays must be submitted by entrant’s English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must submit their entries through their parent or legal guardian.
  • Entries may be uploaded to http://www.OutoftheEasy.com
  • Uploaded entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

Entries may also be mailed to:

Penguin Young Readers Group
School and Library Marketing
345 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
Attn.: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than May 24, 2015, and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  •  Winner will be selected on or about June 8, 2015.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

PRIZE

One winner will receive a check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars to be used toward winner’s college tuition made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending (ARV = $5,000.00).

JUDGING

Five (5) finalists will be selected by Sponsor, and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor.  Entries will be judged based upon the writer’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters and on style, content, grammar and originality.

Official Rules for the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN.

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. To enter theOut of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the “Contest”), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:

Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys (the “Author”), references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

  1. Essays must be submitted as exactly three double-spaced pages in length (no more or less), single or double-sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around. Full-time matriculated students must have their essays submitted by their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must have their essays submitted through their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Essays may be uploaded to the essay contest page at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com. All submissions must be accompanied by the entry form, which should include: the student’s first and last name, grade, mailing address, home telephone number, email address, school name, and name, telephone and email address of their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor, or if home-schooled, the name, telephone and email address of their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Entries may also be mailed to Penguin Young Readers Group, School and Library Marketing, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest with all entry information as noted above. Entrants will receive an email from schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com to let them know that their submissions have been received.
  1. Contest begins January 1, 2015. To be eligible, all emailed entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. All mailed entries must be postmarked by May 24, 2015 and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  1. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  1. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Sponsor”) assumes no responsibility for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical malfunctions of any kind which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

JUDGING

  1. On or about July 15, 2015, five (5) finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges chosen by Sponsor., and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by the Author.
  1. Entries will be judged based upon the entrant’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters, and on style, content, grammar and originality. Equal weight will be given to each criterion. The decision of the judges, Author and Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winner and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest shall be final and binding.
  1. Winner will be personally notified by the Author via a conference call arranged by Sponsor.

PRIZE

  1. One winner will receive a scholarship check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to be applied toward the winner’s college tuition, to be made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending. In order to receive the prize, winner will be required to provide Sponsor with proof of acceptance at such college/university, such as an acceptance letter or other such proof. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of prize = $5,000.00.
  1. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.
  1. Employees of Sponsor, Author and their parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.

GENERAL

  1. No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
  1. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  1. Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The Affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. If a selected winner is under eighteen (18) years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winner’s chosen college or university shall be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form, in connection with its receipt of the $5,000.00 prize
  1. By accepting a prize, the winner grants to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use his/her entry in connection with this Contest, and to further use the winner’s name, likeness and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  1. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, the Author, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them, from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  1. Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering, the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNER INFORMATION

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 9, 2015 to School and Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers Group, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention:Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest Winner Information.

 

SPONSOR

School and Library Marketing

Penguin Young Readers Group

A Division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

345 Hudson Street

New York, New York 10014

Writing Contests: Earn Cash For College

by MyCollegeGuide.org

Put your talents to use with cash scholarships based on blogging, essay writing, stories, and other creative genres. My College Guide offers a list of contests targeted toward your writing talents.

If you’re low on loans, strapped for scholarships and groveling for grants, put your pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!) and enter some writing contests. Many have no (or very low) entry fees and the prizes can be substantial! Here are some writing contests that might earn you cash for college.

YOUR LOCAL SECURITY

PRIZE: $1,000
OPEN TO: Anyone enrolled in college or incoming freshmen
DEADLINE: December 31
TYPE: Blogging/essay
WORD COUNT: 500 – 600 words
CURRENT TOPIC: “As the nation approaches its 57th presidential election, we’re asking the future leaders of this country, students, to define the single most important political issue in this election. Tell us not only what that issue is, but also tell us why and how you propose we come to a solution that benefits the majority.”
To learn more: http://yourlocalsecurity.com/scholarship

“ATLAS SHRUGGED” ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $10,000 for first three $2,000 second prizes five $1,000 prizes for third; 25 $100 prizes; 50 semifinalists $50 prizes
OPEN TO: 12th grade – college
DEADLINE: Varies per contest
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 800 – 1,600 words
CURRENT TOPIC: Choose from one of three questions about Ayn Rand’s renowned intellectual mystery “Atlas Shrugged.” Topics include good and evil greed and deceit.
To learn more: http://aynrandnovels.com

SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: Five $1,000 awards
OPEN TO: Anyone in grades 4 – 12
DEADLINE: December 31
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 250
CURRENT TOPIC: Why do we need music in our schools?
To learn more: http://www.sbomagazine.com/essay-contest/

A VOICE FOR ANIMALS HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $1,000
OPEN TO: Students in grades 9 – 12
DEADLINE: March 31
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 1,500 words
CURRENT TOPIC: Ideas to end animal suffering
To learn more: www.hennet.org/contest.php

“YOUR POINT OF VIEW” CONTEST

PRIZE: $1,000
OPEN TO: Students ages 14 to 19
DEADLINE: November 1
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: Two pages
CURRENT TOPIC: Changes you believe your high school needs
To learn more: www.energizestudents.org/Speak-Your-Mind/Contest.aspx

THE ADMISSIONHOOK.COM SCHOLARSHIP

PRIZE: $500 – $1,000
OPEN TO: High school and college students
DEADLINE: December 15
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 250 – 500 words
CURRENT TOPIC: Questions vary but include choices like: “Discuss an issue of personal local national or international concern and its importance to you.” Or “Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.”
To learn more: http://admissionhook.com

JOE FOSS INSTITUTE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY

PRIZE: $5,000
OPEN TO: Students in grades 9 – 12
DEADLINE: July 3
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 1,500 words
CURRENTTOPIC: Varies. Last year’s question was “What does the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ mean to you?”
To learn more: www.joefoss.com/programs/scholarship-program

YOUNG PATRIOTS ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $3,000
OPEN TO: Middle school high school and homeschool students
DEADLINE: November 30
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 1,200 words
CURRENT TOPIC: “Should government be the provider?”
To learn more: http://debate-central.ncpa.org/young-patriots-essay-contest/

FRA AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $100, $500, $3,000 and $2,000
OPEN TO: Students in grades 7 – 12 who are sponsored by a Fleet Reserve Association member branch or unit.  (The Fleet Reserve Association is open to all current and former enlisted members of the Navy Marine Corps and Coast Guard.)
DEADLINE: December 1
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 350 words
CURRENT TOPIC: “What freedom of speech means to me”


To learn more: www.fra.org

AFSA’S NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $2,500
OPEN TO: Students in grades 9 – 12
DEADLINE: April 15
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 1,000 – 1,250 words
CURRENT TOPIC:  Varies by year. This year’s topic asks if you were a foreign service diplomat how would you improve the relations between the U.S. and your country of choice?
To learn more: www.afsa.org/essay_contest.aspx

THE OLIVE GARDEN’S PASTA TALES ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $2,500
OPEN TO: Students in grades 1 – 12
DEADLINE: January 21
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 50 – 250 words
CURRENT TOPIC: “How will furthering your education make your dreams come true?”
To learn more: https://www.olivegarden.com/About-Us/Community/

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE PROJECT ESSAY CONTEST

PRIZE: $1,000 – $5,000
OPEN TO: Anyone in grades 9 – 12
DEADLINE: April 15
TYPE: Essay
WORD COUNT: 1,200
CURRENT TOPIC: Why is it vital to remember the Holocaust and share its lessons with the next generation? What can young people do to combat and prevent prejudice?
To learn more: http://holocaust.hklaw.com/

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