Senior High Essay Contest: Grades 10-12

Junior High Essay Contest: Grades 7-9

Prizes (Awarded in each contest):

First Place: $200

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

Essays should address the question:
Why am I pro-life?


Please follow these guidelines.

  • Essays should be submitted between December 16, 2013 and January 22, 2014. Essays must be postmarked by January 22, 2014.
  • Essays may be submitted to: Michelle Fischbach, 416 Burr Street, Paynesville, MN 56362
  • Essays must be double spaced and pages numbered.
  • Essays shall be 300 - 500 words in length.
  • If typed, use no smaller than 12 Pt font.
  • Use a cover sheet that includes; full name, full address, phone number, grade level, student date of birth, parent's name and word count.


By submitting an entry the contestant and parent agree:

  • to allow National Right to Life to reprint the winning essay, and
  • that the essay is original, but not copyrighted.

Cite any sources used.

Please do not include artwork, pictures or plastic covers.

Please mail the essays.   Electronic submissions will only be accepted under special circumstances.

Essays will be read and judged on originality, content, and accuracy. Each judge will rank essays #1 - #5. Essays ranked number 1, in a randomly selected group, will move to the second round. Essays may be grouped by region (West, Midwestern, Southern, and East) depending on the number of entries. The announcements will be made as soon as possible but judging time depends on the numbers of entries received.

For more information please email Michelle Fischbach at [email protected] , or visit the Student Center section of the NRLC website



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