Community Pregnancy Center Essay Contest

Essay Contest Rules 2023

Length: Essays must be at least 500 words but not exceed 1,200 words.

Eligibility: Students in 7th through 12th grades from Trousdale, Sumner, Macon, Smith, and Wilson counties. Students may attend public, private, or home school. Children and grandchildren of the board of directors of Community Pregnancy Center, Hartsville, TN, are not eligible to participate.

Prizes: $100 first prize and $50 runner-up will be awarded for each of three categories: 7/8 grade, 9/10 grade, and 11/12 grade. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2023. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Community Pregnancy Center banquet on April 17, 2023, held at Creekside Fellowship in Castalian Springs, TN.

Content: Entries MUST address one or more of the topic prompts or they will not be considered. This is an essay contest, not a short story contest. All entries must be works of non-fiction. Essays must be written in English and submitted in a pdf format.

Judging: Students from all levels of writing ability are encouraged to write and submit an essay. The judges will be looking for thoughtful ideas, not perfect essays. Contest judging is conducted anonymously. All essays will receive brief, written feedback via email from one or more of the judges. Click here for judging rubric.

Submission Guidelines: Personal information for the student must appear ONLY in the submission email and not in the essay. The submission email must include name, grade, email address, and phone number. Submit contact information and essay to cpc2023essay@gmail.com by March 1, 2023. An identification number will be assigned to each entry when it is received.

Background: On June 24, 2022, in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the United States Constitution does not grant a right to abortion. This ruling overturned two previous Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, returning the authority to regulate abortion to the states and their elected representatives. Due to the impact of Roe v. Wade over the past 50 years, the era after Roe v. Wade in which we are now living is being referred to as “post-Roe America.” The vision of the 2023 Community Pregnancy Center Essay Contest is to encourage students to explore their role and responsibilities in a post-Roe America.

Topics:

  • What is the importance of pro-life pregnancy resource centers in post-Roe America?
  • What challenges face pro-life pregnancy resource centers in post-Roe America?
  • What are some present and/or future opportunities for pro-life pregnancy resource centers in post-Roe America?
  • How can students help pro-life pregnancy resource centers in post-Roe America?