ECCLA conducts two essay contests per year, one in the fall, and one in the spring (these are separate from our scholarship programs that occur at the same time). The fall essay prompt is “What I Want Most that Money Can’t Buy,” and the spring prompt is “If I could Spend a Day with a Person from the Past.” The contest is open to students grades 6-12.
Teachers often use the essay contests as a tool for their entire class, and incorporate one of both into their curricula. Teachers appreciate that students get feedback on how far they made it in the contest. Students receive certificates of participation which record whether they were participants, semi-finalists, finalists or winners. Cash prizes are given to the first, second, and third place contestants at both middle and high school levels.
Fall 2013: “What I Want Most that Money Can’t Buy” (currently ongoing)
Classroom Cover Sheet (for teachers)
Deadline: October 25, 2013
Spring 2014: “If I could Spend a Day with a Person from the Past”