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Hershey History Essay Contests

The World Historian Student Essay Competition is an international competition open to students enrolled in grades K–12 in public, private, and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs. Membership in the World History Association is not a requirement for submission. Past winners may not compete in the same category again.

Dr. Mark Welter, recognizing the importance of encouraging young scholars, established this $500 annual prize, presented in conjunction with the World History Association. A one-year membership in the WHA will also be included with each prize.

Each competitor will submit an essay that addresses the issue: In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which I live?

The committee will judge papers according to the following criteria:

  1. clear thesis;
  2. elaboration on the thesis with specific, concrete, personal example(s);
  3. evidence of critical-thinking, such as synthesis and evaluation, when reflecting on the essay question;
  4. organization and fluency; and
  5. overall effectiveness of the student’s ability to communicate his or her personal connection with the study of world history—in other words, how well has the student described the experience of being changed by a better understanding of world history?

Submission Guidelines

Length & Format

Length: Submissions for the K–12 World Historian Award should be approximately 1,000 words.

Formatting: Number all pages except for the title page. All pages are to be double-spaced. Use 12-point Times New Roman Font. Margins are to be 1 inch left and right, and top and bottom.

Submissions must be composed in Microsoft Word.

The author’s identity is to appear nowhere on the paper.

A separate, unattached page should accompany the paper, identifying the author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of school.

Papers that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified.

Deadline

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by the annual deadline of 1 May.

Winning papers will be announced in early September to early December.

The WHA reserves the right to publish in the World History Bulletin any essay (or portion thereof) submitted to the competition. It will do so solely at its discretion, but full acknowledgment of authorship will be given. If someone’s essay is published in whole or in part, the author will receive three (3) copies of the Bulletin.

E-mail submission

Send the following materials as separate attachments (formatted in MS Word) in the same e-mail, with the subject line World Historian Student Essay:

  • the paper, and
  • a page with identifying information (author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of school).

E-mail to: Susan Smith <smithsusan@district279.org>.

Postal submission

Send five copies of the paper and five copies of the page with identifying information. In the lower left hand corner on the front of the envelope write: World Historian Student Essay.

Mail to:

Susan Smith
Maple Grove Senior High
9800 Fernbrook Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369-9747

World Historian Student Essay Competition Committee:

  • Susan Smith, chair
  • Paul Richgruber

Past Winners

2017

  • Vivian Liu, International School of Beijing, Beijing, “History: Bread of the World”

2016

  • Vanessa Yan, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School (Bradenton, Florida), “World History: The Great Macroscope”

2015

  • Rachel Hughes, Webber Academy (Calgary), “Fostering a Universal Understanding of World History is the Key to a Brighter Tomorrow”

2014

  • Campbell Munson, The Episcopal School of Dallas, “How History Has Affected My Worldview: Economies, Migration, Causality and Disease”

2013

  • Jacob Cooper, North Oconee High School (Bogart, Georgia), “World History: The Basis for Self-Determination, Democracy, and Religion“

2012

  • Luke J. Hamilton, Sword Academy (Bridgeport, Nebraska), “The Present: Living History”

2011

  • David Kim, Wydown Middle School (St. Louis), “History: The Shadow of the World”

2010

  • Elizabeth Mello, Dartmouth High School (Dartmouth, Massachusetts), “Out of Many Threads, One Cloth”

All entries must be postmarked
no later than February 3, 2017.

Do you have a story to tell? Put your literary skills to the test! WITF in partnership with the PA Media Group presents the 2017 Central PA Magazine Writing Contest. Supported by York College of Pennsylvania. Submit your best short story for a chance to get published and win cash prizes! Entries must be postmarked by February 3, 2017.

Central PA magazine will be accepting original, unpublished work not exceeding 1,500 words. Entries can be fiction, humorous or serious, or short stories (original, unpublished, work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.)  A distinguished panel of professional area communicators will conduct final judging. Winners will be announced at an event at York College on March 30, 2017. 

Competition rules are available in the November/December 2016 issue of Central PA magazine and below. Entries, prepared in accordance with contest rules, are to be mailed to: 

2017 Central PA Writing Contest
WITF Public Media Center
4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

The 2017 Central PA Writing Contest is a partnership of WITF and PA Media Group and with additional support from York College of Pennsylvania. Central PA magazine is published by PA Media Group.

  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. Customer disclosure: You have not yet won.
  • Original, unpublished work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.  
  • 1,500-word maximum; one entry per person.  No multiple entries by the same individual in any way. 
  • No entry fee.
  • Entries must be postmarked by February 3, 2017.
  • The contest is only open to legal residents of Pennsylvania who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsors, the judges, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in same household, as such individuals. Past winners of this contest are eligible to enter again.
  • Winners will be announced at York College on March 30, 2017. (Winning manuscripts could possibly be published in Central PA Magazine during summer 2017.)

Writing Contest Sponsors:

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST

A purchase will not improve chances of winning.
CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: You have not yet won.

OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY

Submissions must include the following**:
(a) Six (6) copies of your titled manuscript, typed or computer-printed, on standard white 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper, double-spaced and stapled. Manuscript title must appear at the top of the first page of each copy. Do not include your name or personal information anywhere on the manuscript.

(b) A separate cover page with your manuscript's title, your name, address, day and evening phone numbers and your email address. The cover page must include the following statement, followed by your signature:

"I am submitting the attached manuscript as an entry in the 2017 Central PA Writing Contest. I warrant that this manuscript has not been previously published in full or in part, and is not being considered for publication by anyone else. I agree that if my manuscript is chosen by the judges for an award, my work may be published in Central PA Magazine, that WITF 89.5 & 93.3 or WITF TV will be free to broadcast readings of my work (or excerpts thereof), and that WITF and PA Media Group may reproduce my work (or excerpts thereof), in any print, broadcast or electronic medium for promotional purposes.  I agree that the editorial staff of Central PA will be free to edit and/or abridge my work as deemed necessary to ready it for publication. I will retain all other rights to my work."

(c) A stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope for notification of results of the first round. NO results will be given by phone or email. Individual manuscripts will not be critiqued.

**Submissions that do not include these items will be disqualified.

This contest is only open to legal residents of Pennsylvania who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsors, the judges, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. Past winners of this contest are eligible to enter again.

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