Alexandria Tea Party is sponsoring a nationwide young person's essay contest for the 4th of July. The theme is"What My Freedom Means to Me".
1. Contestants must be U.S. citizens or lawful U.S. residents under the age of 30 on July 4, 2012. Active duty U.S. military stationed outside the U.S. and their families are eligible. Previous winners are not eligible.
2. There is no entry fee.
3. Submit one entry of 250 words or less in English on "What My Freedom Means to Me" no later than June 24, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your entry must be an original work (not plagiarized) which has not previously appeared in any medium. Entries that exceed the prescribed length will not be considered.
4. Please provide the following attestation in your email - I hereby certify that I am a U.S. citizen or lawful resident, that I reside in --- [fill-in State or American military base outside the U.S.], that I will be --- [fill-in] years of age on July 4, 2012, and that I am the sole author of this submission.
Enter your full name as your electronic signature:
- SIGNED: (your name here)
- DATE: (month/dd/yyyy)
5. Entries will be judged on the strength of the content and ideas presented. (However, poor grammar, punctuation, or spelling will not help your chances.) Your personal observations and original thoughts, as opposed to the thoughts of others gathered from textbooks, radio talk shows, etc., will carry the most weight with the judges. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be properly identified in the text (no footnotes).
6. Entries not meeting these submission guidelines will be automatically disqualified.
7. Results are in the sole discretion of the Alexandria Tea Party.
- Grand Prize - $100
- Other Age-Group First Prize - $75
- Age-Group Second Prize - $50
- Age-Group Third Prize - $25
* all winners will also receive an inspirational liberty-themed DVD
Winners will be announced and their entries read at the Alexandria Tea Party 4th of July event. Winners not present will be notified by email. Winning entries may be posted to ATP's website and used for other Alexandria Tea Party purposes, identified by first name, age, and place of residence only (e.g., John, Age 11, Memphis TN).
For inquiries/ submissions: email@example.com