ADA 25 Columbus Essay Contest
Call for Entries
July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is one of the most significant civil rights laws impacting millions of people with disabilities. Columbus, Ohio will host events in recognition of this landmark legislation on July 22nd and 23rd, 2015. Included in its celebration, the ADA 25 Columbus Planning Committee is pleased to announce an ADA Essay Contest.
Two winning Essays will be selected, one from each age category and each will be awarded a $250 prize. Winning Essays will be included in a commemorative booklet, will be read on the VOICEcorps reading service radio program Morning Exchange and published in disability-related media.
A. Topic: Disability Rights Are Civil Rights—what does this mean?
B. Word limit: 250-500 words, single-spaced (word count needs to be included at top of page), Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
C. In an attached Microsoft Word document (not in body of email)
D. Can be dictated to someone and proofread
E. Age categories: 17 and under, and 18 and over
F. Entrants must reside in Central Ohio
G. Non-fiction, but can be personal or research-based
H. Abilities: all
I. Judging criteria:
1. Factually correct or historically accurate
3. Adherence to topic
4. “Wow!” factor
Essays must be returned electronically in an attachment as a Microsoft Word document (not in the body of an email) to email@example.com.
In email body include:
Contact Information: Address, Phone, Email Address
Entries must be received by midnight, May 31, 2015
Note: Electronic submission of Essays for this contest automatically grants permission to the ADA 25 Columbus Planning Committee to reproduce or use any or all parts of the Essay with appropriate recognition of the Author.
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