ELIGIBILITY: Open to ongoing college students in North America (if you are a high school senior going on to college for the first time, you must enter FFRF's high school essay competition). You may still enter the ongoing college contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer of 2017.
DEADLINE: Fill out application and submit your essay no later than midnight, July 1, 2017.
SUBMISSION RULES: Please fill out online submission form and attach essay. Essay must be typed, double-spaced, standard margins, font size of 11 or 12 point, and attached as a PDF. Your name and the name of your essay must be included on every page. Pages must be numbered. Indicate word length at end of essay. Please choose your own title, do not use the topic of the essay as the title. Do not attach a resume with your essay.
AGREEMENT: By entering the competition, you agree to permit your winning essay to be printed in full or in part in Freethought Today, FFRF's newspaper; announced in a news release; and posted online at FFRF's website. You also agree, if you win an award, to promptly provide FFRF with a photograph of yourself suitable for reproduction with your winning essay.
REQUIREMENTS: Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment. Students will be disqualified if they do not follow instructions, including word limit and deadline. FFRF monitors for plagiarism. You may not re-enter the same contest for your student status if FFRF has previously awarded you for an essay in that contest, e.g., if you have previously won an award in FFRF's college essay contest, you may not re-enter the college competition. If you have entered but not won, you may submit another essay in the same contest in the future.