Civil War Essay Contest Deadline is February 25

The Gilder Lehrman Institute presents an annual essay contest for Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School students in grades 5–12 

Civil War camp scene, 1862 (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC05111.02.1356)The Civil War Essay contest encourages students to examine the nation’s most divisive conflict using letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research in primary as well as secondary sources, to create original written or filmed work of excellent quality. 

Prizes

High School

First Place: $1,000 to the student and $500 to the school
Second Place: $750 to the student
Third Place: $500 to the student
Honorable Mention: $100 to seven honorable mentions

In addition, the student with the top entry from each school will receive a Gilder Lehrman Institute publication to recognize their achievement. The school with the most entries and the school with the highest average judges’ score (minimum 10 entries) will each receive a special certificate and pack of materials.

Middle School

First Place: $300 to the student
Second Place: $200 to the student
Third Place: $100 to the student

In addition, the student with the top entry from each school will receive a Gilder Lehrman Institute publication to recognize their achievement. The school with the most entries and the school with the highest average judges’ score (minimum 10 entries) will each receive a special certificate and pack of materials.

Documentary Film Category

Students have the option of submitting a documentary film. We strongly encourage collaboration between language arts and social studies departments to assist students with all aspects of the writing process, and between social studies and arts teachers to assist students with documentary film production and editing. 

First Place: $1,000 and an archive of great Civil War documentaries to the student
Second Place: $750 to the student
Third Place: $500 to the student

Submission Requirements for All Categories

The 2018–2019 Civil War Essay Contest is now open; submit your contest entry here. All entries are due at the Gilder Lehrman Institute by Monday, February 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. ET. Additional information, a scoring rubric, and other important details on submissions can be found in the 2018–2019 Civil War Essay Contest Packet.