Writing Contest at the National Constitution Center

Writing Contest at the National Constitution Center

If you like writing, and you like getting prizes for your writing, then the Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contest is just for you. All 12th grade students in the Philadelphia area can submit a play or an essay to the NCC to compete for a first place prize of $2,500 and a second place prize of $1,000. Plus, the winner of the playwriting contest will have his or her play performed by professional actors this summer. If you want to get involved, here are the prompts:

 

12th Grade Essay Prompt:

The National Constitution Center contains the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Why do people consider these the documents of Freedom? How do these documents work together to define and protect our rights? (Minimum of 1,000 words)

 

12th Grade Playwriting Prompt:

Write a play imaging how Mrs. Elizabeth Powel might have reacted to Dr. Franklin’s advice that “You” the citizen, is ultimately responsible for upholding the principles of the new government while exploring the significance of Franklin’s statement and the advice he was giving the new nation.

Write a play depicting the conversation that ensued, exploring the significance of Franklin’s statement and the advice he was giving the new nation.

 

The deadline to submit your play or essay is January 31. For more information about the contest, check out the National Constitution Center’s website.