Wednesday, November 28, 2018
2019 Free Speech Essay Contest
The 2019 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest is here!
All Northeast Ohio high school students are invited to submit an essay challenging the role of free speech in the 21st century. This year’s prompt focuses on current threats to free speech – see below for the full prompt.
Throughout 2018, there have been many conflicts surrounding free speech. From college campuses to the White House and with an increasingly polarized environment, both on and offline, people disagree about how free speech should be utilized and protected in their daily lives. These disagreements about free speech seem to have widened the rift between the left and right and to have made compromise on important issues difficult to reach. In such trying times, we often question whose voice has a right to be heard. What are the biggest threats to freedom of speech? What should be done to protect this core value of American Democracy?
Submissions open Tuesday, January 22. Please submit your essay here.
Eligibility and details:
- All Northeast Ohio high school students are eligible to participate
- There are two categories of judging – 9/10 grade and 11/12 grade
- Essays must be 500-1,000 words
- Please use 3 to 5 articles from reliable, valid sources in your essay.
- Each entry is assigned a number. Essays are blind-scored by number only; no student or school names are identified. Do not include student name or school name within the body of your essay. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
- All winners are invited to attend a City Club forum with a guest and the first place winners for each category are invited to read their winning essay prior to the start of the forum.
- Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019
See here for full scoring rubric.
- First Place: $1,000
- Second Place: $750
- Third Place: $500
- Honorable Mention: $250
- First Place: $500
- Second Place: $250
- Third Place: $150
- Honorable Mention: $100
Last year's winners spoke at the forum featuring Dale Minami, the attorney who led the pro bono legal team that overturned the 40-year-old Supreme Court decision, Korematsu v. United States. You can view the winning essays here: Grade 11/12 Grade 9/10
For any questions regarding the Essay Contest or Student Programming, please contact Julia Wang, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com.