| ||October 2015 Writing Contest |
MONTHLY WRITING CONTESTS: StageofLife.com hosts monthly international writing contests for people of all ages. Answer the real-world writing prompt below to share your thoughts and experiences as we change the world, one story at a time. View winners of past writing contests.
Writing Contest: Environmental Issues
For the October 2015 writing contest, we want to know your thoughts and feelings about environmental issues.
NOTE: Submit the title of your essay per the directions below.
"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."
Although environmental issues have existed for centuries, our modern day debates are taking a more dire turn. Politicians are urging people to reevaluate how they think about, use and potentially abuse the environment. Issues ranging from sustainability to glaciers melting, to electronic waste, to coral reef extinction are lighting up news programs and becoming part of an ongoing dialogue about the environment and who is responsible for change.
Do you feel like the environmental issues that are bounced around even register in your overcrowded schedule? Do you contemplate what all the issues mean for your future? For the future of the planet?
For our October 2015 writing contest, we want you to really consider what you think about environmental issues.
Use these questions to help focus and craft your essay:
Don’t try to answer all these questions, but use them to craft a personal essay (500 words or less) that explores the topic of Environmental Issues.
- What environmental issue do you think should cause the greatest alarm and action?
- Do you think that you have a personal responsibility to help to solve environmental issues or do you feel helpless against the overwhelming struggle?
- What do you think could help a specific environmental issue?
Click the blue "Submit Essay" button to the right to upload your story and enter the writing contest.
Title of Essay:
When you submit your essay, title it as: "Environmental Issues: ______"
Include the phrase "Environmental Issues" as the beginning of your essay title, but then make the rest of your story title unique. Examples:
- Environmental Issues: Trashy Behavior and the Plastic Bottle Conspiracy
- Environmental Issues: The Quest for Water in a Parched Landscape
- Environmental Issues: We Can’t Exist If We Refuse To Change
Three simple rules for the Stage of Life student writing contest.
1) This is a Non-Fiction essay contest.
2) Essays are 500 words or less.
3) Essays must be your original work.
Midnight Oct. 30, 2015 Pacific Time US
Finalists, Runners Up, and the Winner will be posted on our writing contest winners page after Nov. 26, 2015.
NOTE: Winners will be contacted via a post on their uploaded StageofLife.com story once judging is complete (approx. 30 days after contest ending). An email will be sent to the winner(s) to get the address for the prize package approx. 1-2 months afterwards.
(click to submit your essay)
Please title your essay per instructions to the right
Writing Contest Resources
Articles and Videos about Freedom of Speech:
Climate Reality Change Project
Climate Reality Project’s website which provides an educational video about the effects of climate change across the planet
Alaska and Climate Change
A New York Times article about Obama’s recent visit to Alaska where climate change is rapidly affecting the state.
Leyla Acaroglu’s Ted Talk on the environmental folklore of paper vs. plastic
Although this video about water shortages across the planet was created by National Geographic 5 years ago, it’s even more timely now.
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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 StageofLife.com
- Prize from the writing contest sponsor mentioned above.
- A mention and link to your essay in Stage of Life's national monthly press release - here's a link to one of our press releases for reference.
- 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 to StageofLife.com for a given writing contest prompt, one student winner and one adult winner will be selected. The winner and semi-finalists will be announced 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, student 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.
If you know a teacher who would like a Stage of Life writing contest poster for his or her classroom, have them contact us.
Read more about StageofLife.com and our mission
Good luck! Scroll back up and click on the "Submit Essay" button to upload your essay.