2019 Middle School Student Essay Contest

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The Museum will select one winning essay from each grade. Winners will receive a $250 prize. Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum website, along with honorable mentions.

Rules and Formatting Guidelines

  • Contest is open to all middle school students (grades 5–8) in the United States, US territories, and US military bases.
  • Your essay must be 500 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
  • All essays should:
    • be double-spaced
    • have one-inch margins
    • include page numbers
    • include an essay title
    • be typed in 12 point font
    • be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format
  • Submissions must be submitted via the website by December 27, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (CST).
  • Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.

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