Gaithersburg Book Festival, Junior Achievement Essay Contests Open to High School Students
MCPS students have an opportunity to participate in two literary contests:
Gaithersburg Book Festival
For the second year in a row, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is giving high school students the freedom to explore their writing creativity for its short story contest. There are cash prizes available for first, second and third place winners.
Up to 12 stories will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the Book Festival. Prizes for first- and second-place winners will be $250 and $100, respectively. Third-place and fan favorite prizes will be $50 and $25.
The event, an annual celebration of books, writers and literary excellence, will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall.
The 2018 Junior Achievement Essay Competition application is officially open. High school students have until Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 to submit an application and a 1,000-1,500-word essay.
This year’s topic is: “Several great entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out of college before getting their degrees. How important do you think a college education is to your future success?”
Essays will be judged on creativity and originality; persuasiveness; grammar and spelling; understanding of subject matter; and relevancy of response to topic question. The grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 award; first, second and third place winners will receive $10,000.