COMPETITION: $1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship 2021 provides $1500 in scholarships annually for talented students who demonstrate mastery of essay writing. Scholarships will be awarded to two winners: the winner will receive $1,000; the runner-up prize is $500. Check our previously awarded scholarships Important dates Submissions reception February 1, 2021 — May 31, 2021 Evaluation June 1 — June 30, 2021 Winners announcement July 1, 2021 Eligibility We will accept submissions from current high school, college, or university students from any country. The winners will be required to send us proof of their academic status or enrollment. Submission requirements Write an essay on one of the following topics: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Socializing Safely During the Pandemic What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Environmental and Energy Consciousness Your essay must: Have a word count of 500-700 words (excluding title, header, and works cited page) Be written in the US or UK English Be 100% plagiarism-free Be submitted in .doc or .docx format Follow MLA style to format the paper and cite sources (download our MLA checklist to check your formatting) Have three or more sources cited on the Works Cited page The filename should be [IvyPanda Writing Contest_Last Name] Follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; like and share the post with the contest description pinned on our social media pages. Send us an email at with “IvyPanda Writing Contest Submission” as the subject line and the following content inside (in this particular order): Your essay The screenshot proving that you followed our social media The screenshot of the post with the contest description shared on your social media The answer to the question: “Where did you find out about the IvyPanda Contest?” Each participant may submit only one essay and win just one award. Evaluation All submitted works will be evaluated by a team of highly qualified writers and editors based on the following criteria: Grammar, punctuation, and spelling Organization Style Referencing system The winners will be determined based on our editors’ team evaluation. The best essays will be published on the IvyPanda blog. Awards Winners will be announced on this page as well as on the IvyPanda blog. To receive their awards, the winners must provide proof of enrollment or study. If they cannot or will not provide this confirmation, the award will be given to the next appropriate participant in line. Previous scholarships IvyPanda 2020 Essay Writing Contest Scholarship Summer 2016 Essay Writing Scholarship Frequently asked questions! I sent my essay but didn't get a response. How can I make sure you received my submission? I missed the deadline! When can I apply again?! What is considered proof of academic enrolment? Can I request details regarding the evaluation of my submission (mistakes, number of points, etc.)? Can I apply again if I participated last year? What about winners of previous contests? Do the essay prompts stay the same each contest? Disclaimer: By submitting your application, you confirm that you understand the Contest rules and criteria and agree to accept the decision of the judges. You agree to allow us to edit, upload for public access, share, and use your essay in other ways at our discretion.