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Deadline Extended In Essay Contest To Win A Newspaper

Deadline Extended In Essay Contest To Win A Newspaper

The man who wants to give away his newspaper business in rural Vermont through an essay contest says that he hasn’t received enough entries yet.

So he’s extending the deadline for another 40 days. If you want to compete, you now have until Sept. 20.

Ross Connelly made quite a splash back in June when he announced that he would give away his newspaper business, the Hardwick Gazette. by conducting an essay contest.

The task was relatively simple: Write a 400-word essay explaining. “Why I would like to own and operate a paid weekly newspaper, founded in 1889.”

The entry fee is $175. A panel of judges would review the essays and pick the new owner.

Connelly wanted 700 entries, giving him a take of $122,500. Last week, he announced that he didn’t get that number, which he said was needed to make the contest “financially viable.”

He took advantage of the wiggle room he provided himself when the contest was set out in June: The rules allowed for an extension of 60 days. He decided the contest would continue for 40 additional days.

Connelly didn’t disclose just how many essays he received, calling the response “solid.” He said that he got “a number of entries – good entries.”

He said that “the contest to this point makes a strong case there are people in this country and elsewhere who recognize the importance of a community newspaper, and have the skills and drive to be successful running one.”

While a number of entrants are New Englanders, Connelly said, there are others from many different states, including some from abroad.

For a mere $175, someone will be in an “enviable place,” assuming ownership of an ongoing business. While the entrants “recognize the hours will be long and the work hard, but what is gained will be kept in the business as there will be no monthly debt service to meet,” he said.

The publisher said that the contest provided validation of the newspaper from Gazette readers. He got letters to the editors about the contest and frequent questions from people stopping by his office. The citizens of Hardwick “made clear the newspaper is important to them.”

The contest got a jolt of publicity when it was first announced, Connelly noted, with stories in a number of major dailies and national publications.

The new deadline, Sept. 20, will come quickly, he said, amid the distraction of the presidential campaign.

Connelly used a transportation analogy to characterize the opportunity that is still there in his contest.

“The news giants covering the election are the interstate highways of journalism,” he wrote. “When one gets off the super highways and ventures down rural roads and urban streets, they will find lots of life and stories to cover,” he wrote.

The Hardwick Gazette offers the opportunity for the next owner “to report the news each week and gain the privilege of shouldering that responsibility,” he said.

All you need is a check for 175 bucks and 400 well-chosen words.

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2014 essay contest winner: Q - A with Peter Soh

We asked the 2014 essay contest winner, Peter Soh, to share his thoughts about how this award has affected his professional development and his views on communicating medical and science issues with the public.

Q: How has winning the 2014 Lasker Essay Contest affected you?

Winning the 2014 Lasker Essay Contest was an honor, and to be recognized for my essay was motivating. I am thankful to those whom I have had the opportunity to learn from on a professional, personal, and spiritual level.

Attending the Lasker Awards was an experience that allowed me to connect the knowledge taught in medical school to the researchers in a more personable way. For me, the basic science content and clinical application of research has been complemented by personal stories and advice from the Lasker Award researchers during the Breakfast at Lasker event.

Q: Has winning this contest inspired you to get involved in a broader dialogue with your peers and/or policy makers?

I would be interested in initiating a dialogue with policy makers to better understand the specific challenges in advancing medical-research funding. In order to engage in a broader dialogue, I think specific incentives that create demand from both policy makers and the general population in investing in medical research funding need to be ascertained. To broaden this dialogue, there also needs to be a plan to collect data that can track the cost-benefit on increased government funding in medical research.

It would be interesting to see how the Lasker Foundation can use the essay contest ideas to progress medical research funding.

Q: What was your favorite moment at the 2014 Lasker Awards ceremony?

The Breakfast at Lasker was a unique and memorable moment. I had the opportunity to sit with the Lasker Award winners and ask them questions about their careers and the challenges they faced. I asked a question about competition and its role in research. Dr. Marie-Claire King gave an insightful response on how society has progressed from the 1960s in terms of encouraging competition among women with the passage of Title IX. It was meaningful to hear the different responses by the awardees. A common theme throughout the breakfast was to pursue what interests you the most, and to not be afraid to take risks.

Q: How did you prepare for the essay contest?

When I first read the essay topic in mid-June, I was interested in developing an idea. Although I was busy with summer research, I did not intend to create and write the essay in a relatively short period of time. The ability to write an essay of this nature was facilitated by my interest in the topic. The content of the idea drew from past educational and life experiences as well as research and classroom experiences at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. The criterion I used after writing the final draft was whether or not I had unwavering conviction in the idea.

My advice for future participants is to write on what interests you the most. Proofread your document because this is your deliverable. Be open-minded when listening, because knowledge can also come from unexpected interactions.

Q: What would you say to MD and PhD students if they asked why it is important to participate in this essay contest?

The essay contest allows for free expression of thought and creativity reviewed in a meritocratic process by a board with exceptional experience in their respective fields. The Lasker Foundation is investing their time to read your idea, which is a special opportunity. In return, your winning contribution can provide traction for future actions. It's also valuable to be able to read other essays that were selected by the Lasker Foundation to understand different perspectives on the topic.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself creating value for society by serving patients either on an individual or public health level. I have been blessed with many life and educational experiences, and it is important to me that I use these experiences to maximize my potential as a physician. I hope that my work will also be innovative.

7th Annual Art - Essay Contest

The Atlantic Institute will distribute a total of 60 awards: 10 Each category (Art, Essay) at each level (Middle, High), 5 awards for the first place through fifth place students' sponsoring teacher.

Awards per each category (Art Middle, Art High, Essay Middle, and Essay High)

o 1 st Place: Trip to Peru* and$200 Gift Card

o 2 nd Place: Trip to Peru* and $150 Gift Card

o 3 rd Place: Trip to Peru* and $100 Gift Card

o 4 th Place:$50 Gift Card for Student

o 5 th Place:$35 Gift Card for Student

o 6 th through 10 th Places:$25 Gift Card for Students

*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Peru and a small administrative fee.

Award for Teachers for each category

o 1 st Place: Trip to Peru* and $75 Gift Card

*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Peru and a small administrative fee.

- T h e A w a rd s C e r e m o n y for the S o u t h C a ro li n a C o n t e s t w ill b e h eld i n February 2017. P lease c h e c k t h e c o n test w e b s ite f o r u pd ates.

- P lease b e a d v i s ed t h a t s t u d e n t s a n d tea c h e r s w h o h a v e p a r t i ci p ated in t h e tri p s to T u r k e y as p ast w i nn e r s o f t h e C o n t e s t a r e i n el i g i b le to tra v el to Peru a g a i n as p a r t o f t h e Gl ob al C o nn e c ti o n s A r t and E ss a y C on tes t. P r e v i ou s w i nn e r s a r e s till e l i g i b le to w i n a pp l i c ab le c a s h pr izes. I f t h e s pon s or i n g tea c h er o f a f i r s t - ti m e w i n n i n g s t u d e n t h as p r e v i ou s l y p a r tici p ated in o u r tri p s to T u r k e y. t h at s t u d e n t s h o u ld n o m i n a t e a n o t h er tea c h er to tra v el w i t h h i m o r h er. P e n d i n g Atlantic Institute � s a ppro v al, t h is tea c h er m a y j o in t h e tri p.

- I f a w i n n i n g s t u d e n t do es n o t p a r tici p ate in t h e tr ip to Peru a w a rd ed to h i m o r h e r. h i s o r h er s po ns or i n g tea c h er w ill n o l o ng er b e e li g i b le f o r i n c l us i o n i n t h e a w a rd ed trip. Si m ila r l y. a n y s t u d e n t w ho s e s pon s or i n g tea c h er do es n o t p a r tici p ate a n d w h o do e s n o t n o m i n ate a su ita b le r e p lac e m e n t w i l l a l s o b e i n eli g i b le to p a r tici p ate in t h e tri p.

- W i nn i n g s t u d e n ts a n d tea c h e r s should expect to r e c ei v e t h eir c a s h pr izes at t h e A w a rd s C e re m on y. A n y w i n n i n g s t u d e n t s a n d tea c h e r s w h o d o n o t ta k e p a r t in t h e A w a rd s C e r e m on y f or f e i t t h eir cla i m s to a n y pr ize m o n ies atta c h ed to w i n n i n g p lac e m e n t i n t h e C o n tes t.

- W i nn i n g S o u th C a ro l i n a s t u d e n ts a n d tea c h e r s w h o d o n o t p a r tici p ate in t h e A w a rd s C e r e m on y m a y r e q u est t h eir a w a rd c er t i f icat e s b y c o n tacti n g the Atlantic Institute a n y t i me b e for e J un e 5. 2017. a f ter w h ich ti m e t h e c er ti f ic a tes w ill b e un a v aila b le f o r r e c ei p t. Cash prizes m a y on l y b e cla i m ed b y p a r t ici p ati n g i n t h e A w a rd s C e r e mon y.


- The trip will be take place for 7 days in the summer of 2017.

- A ll e x p e n s es i n c l u d i n g a c c o m m od ati o ns. tra ns por tati o n. f oo d a n d a d m i s s i o n f e e s to mus e u ms. etc. w ill b e c o v e r ed b y the Atlantic Institute a n d i t s p a r t n e r i n g or g a n izati on s in Peru. The estimated value of the trip is $3,500.00 . Ho w e v er t he p a r t icip a nt is s t ill r e s p o n s ib l e fo r p u r c h a s ing t he intern at i o n a l ro u n d-t r ip a ir fa re t o a nd f r o m Peru a n d t he a d m in i s t r at i o n f e e. The administration fee is $150 for each participating students and $250 for each participating teachers.

- St u d e n ts a n d a c c o m p a n y i n g a d u lts m u s t p a y a n d a rr a ng e f o r t h eir international airfare, v i s a a n d p as s por t f e e s a n d p e r s o n al e x p e ns e s.

- The Atlantic Institute sh o u ld r e c e i v e conformation o f t h e rou n d - trip ai r f a r e p u r c h ase a n d t h e p a ym e n t o f t h e a d m i n i s trati o n f ee n o later t h a n January 15, 2018 in o r d er to i n c l u d e t h e winners on t h e tri p. T h e a w a rd e e s m a y c o n tact the Atlantic Institute u p o n n o t i f icati o n o f t h eir a w a r ds f o r f u r t h er pro c e ss i n g o f t h e p a p e r w or k a n d t h e p la n n i n g o f t h e tr i p.

Essay Contests - 1990 to 1999


The Institute's essay program aligns perfectly with our mission:

"To provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense."

The subjects examined by the vast Naval community of those who think deeply and consider the successes, failures and future of maritime and national security policy cover a broad range of fascinating, critical topics, some of which are listed below. Individual essay contests are generally made possible with support from commercial defense contractors, whose interest in encouraging new ideas surrounding specific topics lines up with the Institute's mission to host such discussions. The centerpiece of the Institute's essay program is the General Prize.

The General Prize Essay contest is perhaps the oldest continuously conducted writing contest in the entire United States. The Institute began work on the Contest in 1878 under the leadership of the most recognized and celebrated Naval Strategist in United States history, Alfred Thayer Mahan. then the Chairman of the Naval Institute.

Lieutenant Commander Allan D. Brown first proposed the idea for an essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute for "a paper which shall be deemed the best" on 9 May 1878 at the organization's meeting in Annapolis. The first contest was in 1879. The name of the contest was changed in 1985 to the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest in honor of the World War II hero, former Chief of Naval Operations, and President of the Naval Institute. The name reverted to the General Prize in 2008. Today, the prizes honor the first, second, and third best articles published in Proceedings over the previous year, from October through September of the succeeding year.

Essay Contest may be found here .

Watch the pages of Proceedings and the home page for announcements concerning upcoming essay contests.


Sports Fiction - Essay Contest 2013 - Winning Writers

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest 2013 Second Prize $250 Nonfiction Honorable Mention $100

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2013 Sports Fiction & Essay Contest. We received 371 entries. Our judges, Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter, agreed that this was the strongest batch of submissions we'd seen in several years of judging Winning Writers contests. We had only planned to award a first prize and five honorable mentions in each genre, but decided to add two second prizes because the top four entries on our shortlist were so close in quality.

Our winners this year transported us to places as varied as rural Thailand. a mobbed-up fight club in Michigan, and a raucous inner-city tejo match in Colombia. A consistent theme that emerged was sport as a lens through which to study the passage of time. The best entries moved back and forth with symphonic grace between total immersion in the high-stakes moment and the nostalgic long view of aging and change.

For instance, Darren Powers gives us the entire arc of a family's life through backyard softball games, in a short-short story with the compressed intensity of a poem. Though such games are typically associated with youthful innocence, they spell the end of the sheltered life for the unusual children in Louise Swanson's memoir. JoDean Nicolette's down-and-dirty essay about running an obstacle course shows it's never too late to change your relationship to your body, with a little help from the "Arctic Enema".

Assistant Judge Ellen LaFleche narrowed down the entries to about 70 for Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter, who picked a shortlist of about 35 for us to discuss together. Because the entries were so strong this year, we reluctantly had to set aside a number of memorable stories and essays that had too many minor flaws.

Inconsistent verb tense was one such showstopper—a piece that started out in first person present, for instance, but accidentally slipped into past tense partway through. Essays with one factual error made us mistrust the other facts that we didn't have time to verify. In fiction, we were critical of poorly punctuated dialogue that didn't match the varied cadence of real speech. Some entries were not as good at timing the introduction of information; the final picture made sense but the puzzle pieces fell into place in a sequence that confused us.

While we aimed for a balanced collection of tragic, uplifting, and humorous winners, we looked less favorably on those entries that ended on a note of despair and meaninglessness. Ann Swindell's essay on winning a high school volleyball championship stood out for its refreshing optimism and equanimity, demonstrating why victory matters but also why it's okay to leave the past behind. Kayla Macduff's tense, provocative story about a karate master's battle for her life questions the myth of the extraordinary individual, on which sports-fandom rests. Ironically perhaps for the judge of a sports-themed contest, Jendi found the most personal resonance with Scott Latta's essay on the torments of a middle-school nerd in gym class. Ellen's note on this one read, "This is so funny that I almost short circuited my keyboard due to tears falling out of my eyes."

In fiction, Olaf Kroneman won first prize for his story "Fight Night". This noir tale of a Mafia-owned boxing club centers on an unusual doctor-patient relationship, through which we see compromised men still trying to live by their peculiar codes of honor. Second prize went to Billy Wayne Coakley for "Muay-Thai". In this tense, painfully beautiful story, a martial arts prodigy battles for her future, but her greatest opponent is her own body as it changes from child to woman.

In nonfiction, Patricia Schultheis won first prize for her essay "Skating to Seventy". This poetic journey through a woman's life traces what ice-skating meant to her as she navigated a childhood disability, changing roles for women, a long marriage and widowhood. Second prize went to Adrian Cole for his essay "Boston You're My Home", a soldier's tribute to Red Sox Nation. Struggling with PTSD that was exacerbated by the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the returning veteran finds that the camaraderie of baseball fandom is the key to his healing.

It was a pleasure to read this year's entries. We can't wait to see what you come up with next year!

Contest Judges

Jendi Reiter

Jendi Reiter is vice president of Winning Writers, editor of The Best Free Literary Contests, and oversees the Winning Writers literary contests. She is the author of the novel Two Natures (Saddle Road Press, 2016), the poetry collections Bullies in Love (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2015) and A Talent for Sadness (Turning Point Books, 2003), and the award-winning poetry chapbooks Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and Barbie at 50 (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists' Grant for Poetry. Other awards include the 2011 OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, first prize in the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, second prize in the 2010 Iowa Review Awards for Fiction, first prize in the 2009 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Prize from Quarter After Eight, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper's 2006 National Writing Contest, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Passages North, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Cutthroat, The Broome Review, FULCRUM, Juked, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Phoebe, Best American Poetry 1990 and many other publications.

Contest Judges

Ellen LaFleche

Ellen LaFleche is a judge of our North Street Book Prize. She has worked as a journalist and women's health educator in Western Massachusetts. Her manuscript, Workers' Rites . won the Philbrick Poetry Award from the Providence Athenaeum and was published as a chapbook in 2011. Another chapbook, Ovarian. was published in 2011 by the Dallas Poets Community Press, and a third chapbook, Beatrice . about a semi-cloistered nun, was published in 2012 by Tiger's Eye Press. Her poems have been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Hunger Mountain, New Millennium Writings, The Ledge, Alligator Juniper, Many Mountains Moving, Harpur Palate, Southeast Review, and Naugatuck River Review, among many others. Prose credits include her 2014 Daily Hampshire Gazette article "Taken too soon, at 65: My husband John Clobridge's final days with ALS" and the essay "Happily Ever After" about dealing with diabetes through fairy tale poetry, which appeared in Wordgathering, the online journal of disability poetics. She also reviews books for Wordgathering. She has won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Prize (shared with Jim Glenn Thatcher), the DASH Poetry Journal Prize, the Poets on Parnassus Prize for poetry about the medical experience, second prize in The Ledge Poetry Awards, and the Editor's Choice Award for Poetry from Writecorner Press .

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