The Atlantic and the College Board have teamed up to recognize today’s best high school essay writers with cash prizes and the chance to be published in an award-winning national magazine. Six finalists will be awarded $2,500, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in addition to having his or her winning essay published in The Atlantic.
If you’re a high school student anywhere in the world and 16 to 19 years of age, you’re eligible to enter The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize.
We are looking for essays that accurately and insightfully analyze one of these important documents from U.S. history. Your essay should also make connections between the selected text and your own experiences and community. Get more details on how to enter.
The Importance of Writing
Writing is one of the most important skills to master. Not only is writing essential for college and career, but learning to write clearly also helps you develop your thinking skills. To be successful at analytical writing, you must support your arguments with evidence found in the text and clearly convey information to the reader. It is this kind of writing that allows you to build knowledge, deepen understanding, and develop informed opinions.
With this in mind, The Atlantic and the College Board have collaborated to create this annual contest. The focus of this contest will change each year to align with the introduction of a newly redesigned AP course and exam.