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Do the Write Thing!

Students, we know you have done a lot of writing recently, but here’s one more thing to work on. We are going to pick a winner to be submitted to the “Do the Write Thing” challenge, so you will be working on your entries today. The deadline is March 8, so don’t waste time. See the prompt and information below:

  • Students may use any form of written expression (e.g. essays, poems, plays or songs) as long as the language is positive and not derogatory. Students may submit only one entry per year. All entries must be the work of only one student.
  • Student entries, at minimum, should address three questions: How has violence affected my life? What are the causes of youth violence? What can I do about youth violence? Writings that do not address these questions will not be advanced in the judging process.
  • Entries should be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length. Written forms of expression, such as poetry that, by their nature, may be shorter, may contain fewer than 500 words.
  • Entries must be typed or written legibly in black ink on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. Only one side of the paper may be used and the pages should be numbered.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • If an entry is fiction, it must be identified as so.
  • If the student participant uses a quotation or another person’s material in his or her entry, the entry must identify whose work is being used by citing the person’s name or citing the source of the material. Writings based upon plagiarism will not be advanced in the selection process.
  • Entries must have a “Cover Sheet” with the consent statement signed by the participating student and a parent or guardian. No personal information should appear on the body of the written entry. Entries without a signed Cover Sheet will not be advanced in the selection process. (See the attached Cover Sheet.doc with the Student and Parent/Guardian Consent Statement.)
  • Entries must be submitted with one photocopy of the writing.
  • Entries must be submitted in the form that they are received from the student writer. Editing for content, grammar or spelling by someone other than the student is not permitted. 


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