2012 WRITING PROMPT
responding to this year’s writing contest should write an essay of
no more than 1,200 words that addresses the following prompt:
"Describe a crucial issue confronting your
tribal community today. Explain how you hope to help your tribal
community respond to this challenge and improve its future."
See contest rules below for complete details and
submission requirements. If this is your first essay contest experience,
please click here for some Writing Tips.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION: In preparation for writing, students should draw
from their own personal knowledge and research information from a
variety of sources. Primary and secondary source material could include:
historical and reference material, interviews, personal experiences,
oral testimonies, official documents, diaries, letters, autobiographies,
newspapers, academic journals, films and television movies, CD-ROM, and
The 2012 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American
high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. All students
participating in Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a
significant and current relationship with a Native American tribal
The following prizes will be awarded to winning essayists:
Five (5) First-Place Winners will each receive an all-expense-paid trip
to Washington, D.C., the week of July 8-14, 2012 to
visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent
The winners will be accompanied by the teachers who inspired their
entries into the contest. First-Place Winners will receive a special
award for display at home or school. In addition, each First-Place
Winner will receive a scholarship of $2,500 to be
paid directly to the college or university of his or her choice.
Entry Deadline was April 30, 2012
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ ALL OF THE CONTEST RULES. Entries that do
not adhere strictly to these rules and guidelines will not be judged.
INSTRUCTIONS: All essays must be uploaded to this contest
website. Essays sent by mail, faxed, or e-mailed
will be disqualified. The body of your essay may be NO MORE THAN
1,200 WORDS. The essays must be written in English. Every
student must also submit an entry form which you will be prompted to
complete before you upload your essay. Be sure to log into this website
through Internet Explorer or Firefox in order to successfully upload and
REFERENCES REQUIRED: Every essay
must include a Bibliography, Work Cited, or Reference Page.
WORD COUNT: Essays should comprise
no more than 1,200 words. When conducting your word count, DO NOT include words contained
in your Bibliography, Works Cited, or Reference page.
LANGUAGE: Essays must be in English.
YOUR NAME: We will identify your
essay electronically through the entry form you complete when entering the
contest. Do not include your name anywhere on any page of
RESEARCH IS REQUIRED: While this is a creative
writing project, research must be an integral element of the writing
process and essays must contain a Bibliography, Works Cited or
Reference Page, citing all materials used in the research and writing of
the essay (parenthetical documentation must accompany research).
ESSAY FORMAT: The essay must be in
prose format and may be a commentary or interpretation of primary and
secondary source material such as: historical and reference materials;
interviews; eyewitness accounts and oral histories; official documents
and other primary sources; readings from diaries, letters,
autobiographies, and works of poetry; video, or audiotapes, films, art,
CD-ROM and Internet sources. The essay must not be a fictitious story or
poem. The essay must be primarily directed toward examining the writing
JUDGING: Entries will be judged
anonymously and will not be returned to students. Submissions that
adhere to the guidelines will be judged with special attention to (1)
evidence of relevant reading and thoughtful use of resource materials;
(2) treatment of the assigned themes; and (3) clear and effective
language, mechanics and grammar; and a coherent plan of organization.
AUTHOR OF ESSAY: Each essay must be
the work of one student and may not be the collective work of more than
one student. By submitting an essay, applicants are certifying that
their essays are original, authored solely by them, and that in writing
their essays, they did not plagiarize or otherwise infringe upon the
rights of any third parties.
TEACHERS: It is not necessary for a
student to have a sponsoring teacher in order to enter this essay
contest. However, high school teachers of Native American students are
encouraged to inspire their students to participate, and in doing so,
can become eligible to accompany student winners on a Washington, D.C.,
award trip, with all expenses paid, with the opportunity to take part in
CERTIFICATES OF HONOR:
Certificate of Honor will be e-mailed to all who submit essays.
NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Winners
will be notified of contest results and winning essays will be posted on
our Web Site by May 31, 2012. The five winners will join their teachers
and Holland & Knight chaperones for an all-expense-paid trip to
Washington, D.C. the week of July 8-14, 2012. In addition, each First-Place Winner will receive a scholarship of
$2,500 to be paid directly to the college or university of their choice.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships will be
paid to each student's post-secondary educational institution after the
student has graduated from high school and upon Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation's receipt of a copy of the student's registration
paperwork from said post-secondary educational institution.
POSTING ESSAYS: All essays submitted
may be used or published in whole or in part by the Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation or by other parties with its written permission.
The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation reserves the right not to
publish any essay it deems inappropriate for any reason.
WASHINGTON DC: The winners of the
essay contest MUST agree to participate in the entire trip to
Washington, D.C., in order to receive a scholarship. In the event that a
winner is unable or unwilling to participate in the trip to Washington,
D.C., in its entirety, no substitution prize will be awarded.
MOST UNLIKELY… The Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation reserves the right not to award a prize or any
prizes when submissions do not meet contest standards or criteria.
For more information, call us toll-free at
1-866-452-2737. E-mail questions (not essays) to
National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian Guide for Teachers
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
Native American Sites
Index of Native American Resources for the Internet
National Indian Education Association
National Congress of American Indians
The 2012 Young Native Writers Contest Deadline has passed.
Thanks to all the native writers who participated.
see rules for more details.
Graphic Interpretation of the
Sun Dance, late 19th c. Painted by Black Chicken (Yanktonai
Dakota). Fort Peck Reservation, Montana. 2/3304. Courtesy of
National Museum of the American Indian.
pleased that Holland and Knight is encouraging American
Indian youngsters to share their thoughts and perspectives.
Indian people have made great strides in recent years, but
there is still much to overcome. The voices of our youth,
gives us the perspective of tomorrows leader's, allowing
today's leaders the opportunity to look at these issues
through fresh eyes."
The Honorable Ben
U.S. Senator - Retired
|Kiowa Camp, 1895. Fort
Still, Oklahoma. P13141. Courtesy of National Museum of American
thank you enough for awarding me the Young Native Writers
Essay Scholarship, I hope to learn how to design economic
policy, especially policy that could strengthen economic
development in Native-American communitites."
Robert C. Boling (Comanche) -
2009 First-Place Winner currently studying at Harvard
Late Classic Serape, 1960's,
Unknown Navajo Artist. Denver Art Museum Collection: Native Arts
Acquisition Funds 1934.86. Used with permission.
honor will not only affect the chosen one, it will affect
their family, their school, and thousands of future Indian
students and teachers who will, for the first time, find
pride in being Indian, in being Dine or Cherokee or Spokane,
Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
Author and Storyteller
National Museum of the
American Indian in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of National
Museum of American Indian.