Saturday, November 12, 2011

Essay Contest Opportunitie

Everyone loves contests, right? I have been made aware of a few of them through some of my yahoo groups and want to share them with you, my homeschooling friends.

Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales Essay Contest will give students in 1st through 12th grade in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to share their stories in essays of 50 to 250 words. Olive Garden is seeking to capture students’ future aspirations and plans to achieve their goals as part of its 15th Annual Pasta Tales Essay Contest. This year, Olive Garden is asking students to: “Describe how furthering your education beyond high school will help make your dreams come true.” A Few Items To Note: * Deadline: January 21, 2012 * Twelve $2,500 Awards! * The contest grand prize is a three-day trip to New York City and a $2,500 savings bond!

The Bill of Rights Institute’s Being An American Essay Contest 

This national essay contest is perfect for homeschool families! It helps students engage with the Constitution and encourages them to dig into their liberties – which is always important, but especially at this point in our history. Check out the Bill of Rights Institute’s Being an American Essay Contest, which asks students how the Constitution protects a culture of liberty in a way that challenges them to dig into the Constitution and Founding principles. Students will respond to the essay prompt: How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty in 1,000 words or less. The Contest has an accompanying lesson plan that can be used in two 45-minute class periods or one 90-minute period and meets Common Core Standards. The Contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Five top prizes of $1,000 will be awarded as well as over $5,000 in other cash prizes. The essay submission deadline is December 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM (PST). Teacher submitters will receive $100 for each winning essay they submit. Check out the Contest website for more information –

Gogobot Gogobot is giving away $1000 dollars just for sharing a review of your favorite restaurants, hotels, and attractions on the leading social travel site,
How it Works :
1. Choose a favorite travel spot to review. Review must be 150 characters or more.
2 Write a Review
3 Upload a photo for that spot. That’s it! This pair counts as one entry. You can create as many entries as you like. Easy as 1-2-3 to register to win a grand.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Programs Last, but not least, is the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. It is not a contest, but it is an excellent opportunity for the young writer in your home to stretch their skills. Participants challenge themselves to write an entire novel in the month of November. Are you up for it?

To become a member of NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, click the link below or paste it into the address bar of your browser.

Write about participating in these contests on your blog and let me know how you do! I would love to see a homeschool family win these contests.
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