2010 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 on Writing Tips to the right.
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 2010 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., (tentatively scheduled for July 20-24, 2010) 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 is May 10, 2010
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: Students MUST submit their essays by U.S.
Postal Service (or other delivery company). Entries must be postmarked
by May 10, 2010 and addressed to Young Native Writers, c/o Holland &
Knight Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 2877, Tampa, FL 33601-2877.TWO
copies of the essay must be included in your envelope, along
with a completed Entry Form.
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: Please do not include
your name anywhere on any page of your essay, other than the title page,
if you have one. When you mail your essay, make sure it includes your
entry form with your name on it and clip or staple the entry page to
RESEARCH: 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 PARTICIPATION:
Certificates of Participation will be e-mailed to all entrants who
provide an e-mail address.
NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Winners
will be notified of contest results and winning essays will be posted on
our Web Site by June 15, 2010. The five winners will join their teachers
and Holland & Knight chaperones for an all-expense-paid trip to
Washington, D.C. tentatively scheduled for July 20-24,
2010. 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
Native American sites
Index of Native American Resources for the Internet
National Indian Education Association
Education World: Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
National Congress of American Indians
For a more complete list of online resources, visit the National Museum
of the American Indian Web site at
www.nmai.si.edu and click on “education overview and
Entry deadline is
May 10, 2010. Submit essays by mail -
see rules for more details.
SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY
Graphic Interpretation of the
Sun Dance, late 19th c. Painted by Black Chicken (Yanktonai
Dakota). Fort Pect 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
was one of a lifetime that will remain in all of our hearts
forever ... The essay contest offered these students
creative expression. This allowed the door to open on many
Victoria Irons Graves(Ojibwe)
Late Classic Serape, 1960's,
Unknown Navajo Artist. Denver Art Museum Collection: Native Arts
Acquisition Funds 1934.86. Used with permission.
exactly what Native American kids need. An opportunity to
see places and how other Native Americans have succeeded and
have gone on to be part of the community outside of the
Michael Drew (Ojibwe)
National Museum of the
American Indian in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of National
Museum of American Indian.
firsthand voices of American Indian youth are unique
perspectives and offer an opportunity to communicate
American Indian community values and perspectives to
School Programs Manager, National Museum of the American