Essay Prompt, Requirements, Eligibility, and Awards


David Hudak First Place Prize: $3,500
Second Place Award: $3,000
Third Place Award: $2,500
Fourth Place Award: $2,000
Fifth Place Award: $1,500
Sixth Place Award: $1,000
Seventh Place Award: $750
Eighth Place Award: $500
Ninth Place Award: $400

Tenth Place Award: $300
Optional Honorable Mention(s): $200

All eligible entrants will be offered a full one-year complimentary student membership, which includes a digital version of 10 issues of Freethought Today, FFRF's newspaper (publishes student essays), and a complimentary book or premium.

"How atheism/humanism makes me a better person"

PROMPT:  Psalm 53:1 preaches: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good."  How would you answer this defamation of nontheists?  Please write a personal essay that explains why being nonreligious (whether you identify as atheist, agnostic, or humanist) makes you a better, not a worse, person.  You may wish to explain why your moral values are improved by your naturalistic views, or cite how nonbelief and nonbelievers have improved the world.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to Black, Indigenous and Students of Color ages 17-21, who are either high school seniors graduating in spring 2022 who will be attending a North American college or university in fall 2022, or who are currently enrolled in a North American college or university.  If you will be graduating from college in the spring or summer 2022, you remain eligible to enter this contest. This contest is offered to provide support and acknowledgment for freethinking Black, Indigenous and Students of Color, as a minority within a minority. People of Color refers to all racial groups that are not white. Specifically, any person who is not considered white, including African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and others. FFRF offers other essay contests open to all students in your age group. Students may only enter one FFRF contest annually.

WORD LIMIT: 350-500 words.