Teachers, for Students: 2013 Nation Student Writing Contest

Please pass along to students who might be interested…

This year, Student Nation, a division of The Nation magazine is looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: It’s clear that the political system in the US isn’t working for many. If you had to pick one root cause underlying our broken politics, what would it be and why?


Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. The Nation magazine will select ten finalists and two winners total—six from college students, six from high schoolers. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and featured atthenation.com. The ten finalists will be featured at thenation.com.

Entries will be accepted through Saturday, June 30, 2013. Winners will be announced by Monday, September 9.


The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at US schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving either high school or college degrees in 2013. Submissions must be original, unpublished work (the writing can have been published in a student publication). Each entrant is limited to one submission. Past and present Nation interns are ineligible.
Submissions and questions can be e-mailed to studentprize@thenation.com. Please include the essay in the body of the e-mail. All e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Each entry must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and short biography and school affiliation—and say “student essay” in the subject line.

Incredible Opportunity for Performing Artists at UW-Madison

Every year, the University of Wisconsin welcomes in a new crop of talented artists in their ground-breaking ‘First Wave’ program. If you’ve never heard of it, here would be a good place to check it out: First Wave!!!

This is a prime season for them as two important events are going on. For high school seniors that are performing artists, they can apply to attend UW as a part of the First Wave program by going to the website I previously referred to. It is HYPER competitive, allowing less than 25 students a year from all over the country to get in. Students will need to send in a portfolio of sorts with their application, but all those details can be seen on the website. This scholarship is worth $100,000 for the purposes of funding their undergraduate career at UW, so for students that fit the profile, this is definitely a worthwile application.

Shameaca Moore, an Eastmoor Acadamey graduate and award winning performer is currently a Junior in the program on a full scholarship!

For those that are sophmores and juniors, the program does an expensed retreat for students to spend a weekend seeing the campus and the program up close and personal. Its a great experience for the students and costs them nothing but their time, attention and enthusiasm for 2 1/2 days. The retreat is November 8th -11th and also in need of adult chaperones so please contact me for more details. William Evans, whevans3@gmail.com

National Day of Writing, Oct. 20

Here’s a lesson plan from the NYT Learning Network highlighting National Day of Writing

The Learning Network: Why I Write: A Celebration of the National Day on Writing, Oct. 20


Published: October 7, 2011

Why do you write? With our partners, we’re inviting the world to answer that question on Twitter on Oct. 20, by posting your message, and the messages of your students, to the hashtag #whyIwrite. Learn about this and several other National Day on Writing projects, and please, spread the word!