The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are proud to announce the 2012 Young Patriots Essay Contest!
The topic of this year’s essay contest is: “What is the proper role of the government in insuring people against major social risks?”
This year’s topic addresses government social insurance for the risks that everyone faces. “For as long as there have been human societies, people have faced these same risks,” said John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis:
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of public policy through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year and only THREE winners are chosen out of hundreds of essay submissions.
Entrants have the opportunity to:
Your essay should be written in English and should not exceed 1,200 words. For more guidelines on submission and formatting of entries, see below. All essays must be submitted by Friday, November 23 at 11:00pm. No late submissions will be accepted.
Young Patriots Submission Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How should I format my entry?
A. Essays should be written in English, with submissions of up to 1,200 words. Essays exceeding this length will not be considered. Please submit your entry as a Microsoft Word document.
Also be sure to include all essential information, including your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail.
Q. How do I submit my entry?
E-mail your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each e-mail submission will receive a return message verifying that the essay was received.
Q. What happens if I exceed the word limit?
A. Your essay will not be considered. There is no word minimum.
Q. Can I choose to remain anonymous?
A. No. We must be able to publish both your essay and name.
Q. How should I format citations?
A. In the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Citations should be listed in a ‘Works Cited’ page at the end of the document. An example of a citation in this format from a web resource is listed below:
Goodman, John. What is Wrong with the Drug Industry? John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog. National Center for Policy Analysis, 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 24 Sep. 2011. ‹http://healthblog.ncpa.org/whats-wrong-with-the-drug-industry/›.
For additional citation questions please consult Purdue University’s free online formatting and style guide.
Q. Do I need to attach a cover letter?
Q. Is there anything else you can tell me about how to stand out from the crowd?
A. Yes. Here are a few suggestions for participants:
Q. Is there just one prize?
A. No. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively.