National Endowment for the Humanities Contest

In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, the National Endowment for the Humanities is encouraging scholars, students, and the general public to look back to the time of emancipation and examine what life was like for people experiencing emancipation. In this effort, the NEH is hosting a series of events on National Constitution Day, September 17th, and a creative writing contest for high school, college, and graduate students.


To enter, students over the age of 18 should:

  • Choose a primary source document from an NEH-funded archives (pre-sorted resources can be found here).
  • Creatively respond to or reinterpret the document in any media (poems, songs, short plays, letters, videos, blog posts, etc. will all be accepted).
  • Submit their entry through a drop-box on our submission page by October 5th, 2012.


The prizes for the three winners include:

  • A cash prize ($500 for the first place entrant and $250 for the two honorable mention entrants)
  • Publication on
  • A trip to Washington, D.C. with one guest
  • A specially-guided tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Students are also encouraged to visit the contest website for more details and the Facebook page.


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