| ||December 2013 Writing Contest |
Welcome to the international writing contests on StageofLife.com. Answer our real-world writing prompt each month to share your thoughts and experiences as we make the world a better place, one story at a time...
Dec. 2013 Writing & Blogging Contest - 1st Place Essay Winner Receives $75 in Gift Cards:
Where Has Civility Gone?
"When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency." ~ Samuel Johnson
Submit Your Essay Answering this Writing Prompt: Where has civility gone?
Click the blue "Submit Essay" button to the right.
Title of Essay: When you submit your essay, title it as: "Civility: __________"
Background: Do you think people are becoming less civil lately?
"Civility" is defined as the practice of good manners in both speech and behavior. However, do you think that the practice of good manners and using proper etiquette are remnants of past generations...or do we still have what it takes to be civil to each other and show each other respect?
We want to hear your thoughts on civility, manners, and etiquette.
Consider these questions to spur ideas as you pick a theme or central point for your essay...
Don't answer every question in your essay. Rather, what we want to hear is a personal story that addresses the question, "Where Has Civility Gone?"
- Has technology destroyed our already tenuous relationship with civility?
- Where did you learn your manners?
- How often do you think others witness you displaying bad manners?
- Do you believe that our society as a whole has good or bad manners?
- What is your pet peeve when it comes to manners or etiquette?
- Do common courtesies exist anymore?
- Is chivalry dead?
- Is there an etiquette code for Social Media?
- Are people more or less civil in today’s society than 10 years ago? What about 50 years ago?
- Is proper etiquette important? Why?
- What are the little things we can do to show more respect and civility to each other?
Use the questions above to spur some thoughts, ideas and memories for the writing prompt.
Now...share an experience or your philosophy about civility, manners or etiquette. Your essay will help the way we approach and react to each other in public and private spaces.
Rules: Three main rules for the Stage of Life essay contest. 1) This is a Non-Fiction essay contest. 2) Be creative. 3) Essays should be 500 words or less. Read all the rules.
Deadline: Midnight Dec. 31, 2013 Pacific Time US
Results: Finalists, Runners Up, and the Winner will be posted on our writing contest winners page after Jan. 20th, 2014
Writing Contest Prize Sponsors
Writing Contest Prize Package
The person who writes the 1st place essay will receive a $50 SpaWeek.com gift card and a $25 Applebee's gift card. One winner will be selected from across all non-student life stage essay writers
SWAG package from StageofLife.com
National exposure for your essay from StageofLife.com
Winners will be contacted via a post on their story once judging is complete (approx. 30 days after contest ending). An email will be sent to the winner to get the address for the prize package approx. 1-2 months afterwards.
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for supporting the blogging contests, writing programs and literacy initiatives on StageofLife.com
Video Clips about Civility, Manners, and Etiquette
|Acknowledgement: StageofLife.com would like to thank our resident international Etiquette Coach, Jay Remer, for his invaluable input for this month's writing contest.
Do you have an etiquette question?
Submit your question to Jay through Stage of Life by visiting our Etiquette section.
Submit your Etiquette, Civility, or Manners question now and we'll post it on the Stage of Life Etiquette Q&A pages.
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EXTRA INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE WRITING CONTEST...
Be Real. Be Yourself: The strongest submissions for this essay contest will use a personal tone and point-of-view writing style that shares your thoughts on the topic. If you want to make your essay even stronger, we recommend doing a little research and adding quotes or a statistic (or two).
- Essays should be 500 words or less.
- You are welcome to blog on StageofLife.com as much as you want, but only ONE essay submission per user for the writing contest is allowed.
- Please be creative with your title, then type or cut and paste your full essay from a program like NotePad or TextEdit (don't use any formatting - just text, please) into the Story Details field (which will appear after you click the Submit Essay button above.
- Adjust the spacing of your essay within the essay submit form.
- Title your essay using the instructions above so our Editors can find it in the story feeds in your life stage homepage on the website. Example: Here's where the high school student submissions get posted - High School
- StageofLife.com is a non-partisan literacy initiative. We judge the writing contest submissions not on the political or religious stance of our writers, but rather on how creative, original, passionate, and well written the essays are. See below for more details on our judging policy.
- Read these tips for good essay writing to be considered a writing contest finalist
- You will need to login to StageofLife.com to submit your writing contest entry. If you don't have a StageofLife.com login, please register for StageofLife.com (it's free).
Prize Package: The winning writer will receive...
- A highlight as the Winning Essay on life stage homepage on StageofLife.com
- Prize(s) from the writing contest sponsor(s) mentioned above.
- NOTE: Winners will be contacted via a post on their story once judging is complete (approx. 30 days after contest ending). An email will be sent to the winner to get the address for the prize package approx. 2-3 months afterwards.
Free Essay Contest:
This is a free writing contest. StageofLife.com does not require a submission fee. ONE ESSAY ENTRY PER PERSON FOR THE WRITING CONTEST. However, you are welcome to blog about your life or other topics outside of this writing contest at any time on StageofLife.com
Last day of the month at midnight Pacific Standard Time (US). StageofLife.com time stamps all essays in Greenwich Mean Time (England) as we are an international writing initiative. International submissions are welcome.
Of the submitted essays, one adult winner will be selected from across all of the non-student life stages. The winner and semi-finalists will be announced here after the 20th of the following month. Winner and semi-finalists will be contacted by a StageofLife.com staffer via the email used to register for the website.
As we state in our Writing Contest Rules and Judging Criteria, writers selected as our national essay finalists and winner(s) will demonstrate strong writing skills, a unique point-of-view, personal tone, originality, and realness in their essay.
The reason that journalists and organizations ranging from TIME.com to Mint Education have featured our essays (especially our teen posts) in the national media is because our bloggers all write from the heart. Real people sharing real stories about their lives. Combine this with our position as one of the only international, non-partisan, literacy platforms in the world and you'll find Stage of Life an open environment to share your ideas.
We'd like to encourage all participants and readers to make comments on these writing contest essays. Please just remember to keep all comments/posts/discussions civil and in good taste in each of the essay-blog threads, especially since some of our writing prompts are sensitive in nature. Nasty comments, personal attacks, or other such comments are not allowed and will be removed should they come to our attention.
If you have questions about the rules or judging criteria for our writing contests, you can visit our Rules & Judging Criteria page.
Last Words - Share Your Story:
Our hope is that your writing contest submission will positively impact others and help with our mission of making the world a better place, one story at a time. Your essay may inspire others or even better, give you an opportunity to share a story that's simply important to you.
After you've submitted your essay, feel free to share the link to your essay on Facebook or Twitter. Our essays are judged by real Editors, not popularity, but we do like to spread the word about our national, grassroots writing contest. Also, please share this writing contest with Language Arts, English and History teachers, or on your blog or website.
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Good luck! Scroll back up and click on the "Submit Essay" button to upload your essay.