$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Important contest update: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 24 AT 5:00PM
On January 20th, an unforeseen technical issue caused the Stop the Hate essay submission portal to crash multiple times. We received several emails and phone calls to alert us that the portal was not working and we wan

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  • Essays cannot be fictitious. All entries must include a real-life situation and creative ideas for making the world a more accepting, inclusive place.
  • Essays must be original student work and free of plagiarism.
  • Essays cannot exceed 500 words.
  • Online entry is preferred.
  • Mailed entries must be accompanied by the official entry form.
  • Only one (1) entry will be accepted per student.
  • Group projects are not accepted.
  • Entries that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline or do not comply with contest guidelines will not be accepted.
  • All entries become the property of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and will not be returned. Finalists agree to have their photo and essay reprinted online and in a book of essays. They agree their likeness and words may be used for promotion of the contest.
  • All finalists must appear and 11-12th grade finalists must read their essays on stage at the annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Severance Hall.
  • The Museum reserves the right to cancel, modify or delay the contest.

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