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The Contest Rules
You Could Win...$250  $500  $750
PLUS $500 for the school where the 1st Place winner is a student
You might even be on TV

We could learn a lot from a box of crayons… Some are sharp, some are dull,
some have weird names, and they're all different colors. But they learned to
live together peacefully in the same box. B'nai B'rith hopes that we humans
can somehow learn to live together peacefully on the same planet.

In this essay contest, we ask you to consider the concepts of equality and respect for
all people, as our country's founders pictured it.  Focus on civic harmony over violence,
equality over prejudice – and respect for the diversity in race, religion, national origin,
gender, and sexual orientation among your friends, neighbors, and classmates.

Our 2018 essay contest examines the words of George Washington in his letter to
the Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island, 1790... when he wrote that ours is a
government which "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."  

We ask all contestants to write what they think the message of
Washington's letter
means in our society today.  Students should reflect on the significance of tolerance
and equality by writing about issues of bigotry and prejudice, how those issues have
been addressed (or not addressed) in recent years, and how they affect our quest for
peaceful coexistence among our friends and neighbors, and throughout the world.

As an alternative, you may select a quote attributed to a local community leader or
another American President.  Or, use an event in your life or an event in history.  
Tell us why you chose your quote or event, and its relevance to the issues of bigotry
or prejudice.

We encourage students to consider the following, and express their thoughts via their
contest entries:
. Are Washington's words and thoughts applicable today?  How?  Where?  Why?
. Are there corresponding responsibilities that we share today?
. How do violent "hate crimes" incited by bigotry affect the victims?
The perpetrators?  Everyone else?

Enlighten America – The Contest Rule Book
Any contest entry not meeting ALL requirements throughout this page, in the
opinion of our panel of judges, will be automatically disqualified.  
A secondary
objective of this contest is to test your ability to follow directions.

1. This contest is open to public, private, religious and home-schooled students
attending school in any of the following Georgia counties: Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb,
Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett or Hall.  Contestants must be in 7th or 8th grade
in September 2018 and still attending school in February 2019.
2. All entries must represent the original, independent effort of the student.  Your entry
must be the result of your work, without assistance from anyone else.
3. Illegible entries will not be considered.
4. Only one entry per student.
5. All entries must be postmarked on or before Friday November 16, 2018, and sent to:

B'nai B'rith Enlightens America
c/o Art Link
317 SmokeRise Circle, SE
Marietta, GA  30067-5479

Package must not be larger than 10"W x 14"H x 6"D.  Be sure to package your entry to
minimize any potential damage from rain, mechanical failure, careless handling while in
transit, or any other cause.  After receiving your entry, we will take reasonable care to
prevent any damage or loss... however neither Art Link, nor B'nai B'rith International
(BBI), nor any other individual member can be held responsible for entries lost, late,
misdirected, or damaged in any way.  Similarly, neither our team of independent judges
nor their respective schools can be held responsible for any such damage or loss, in
the unlikely event that it occurs.
6. Minimum of four (4) qualified entries must be received before we begin judging
entries and awarding prizes.  If we receive less than four (4) qualified entries by
November 30, 2018, we might decide to close the contest with no prizes awarded.
7. Each entry must have a title page including the following information:  
Student name, age, grade, school name and phone number, name of English
teacher/advisor, and teacher/advisor's email address.  Student name, age, grade,
school name, and teacher/advisor name will be shown with entry, if published or
displayed for public view.  All other personal information will be held in strict
confidence - will not be sold, rented, traded or shared with any third party for any
reason.  If entries are published or displayed for public view, student name will be
withheld upon request.
8. Each entry must show evidence of thoughtful research of the topic.  On a separate
page, a minimum of three (3) research sources must be cited, only one (1) of which
can be an Internet source.
9. Contest Entry Guidelines...
. Students may choose to write a research paper, short story, essay, or play with
monologue or dialogue.
. Entries must be typewritten, double-spaced, 12 pt. Arial font, using one side of each
. Entries must be 500 – 1,000 words.
. Entries will be judged based on content, originality, quality of expression, and
appropriateness to the subject matter described at the top of this page.
10. All decisions from our panel of independent judges are final.  Judges include
faculty from Emory University and Kennesaw State University.
11. Award presentations will be in February 2019 at a date and time to be determined
in January 2019. Watch for updates on the
Home Page of this website.

Location: To be announced at a later date
Please refer to the Home Page on this website for further information in the
event of a need for a change in plans due to unexpected weather conditions or
any other reason.

Prize Awards:  1st place $750  2nd place $500  3rd place $250
PLUS $500 for the school where the 1st Place winner is a student

Although not guaranteed, we hope to get contestant recognition in newspaper(s) and
on TV station(s).  We'll also recognize the great work performed by the parents,
teachers, advisors, and schools producing such great students.  Without their
dedication, guidance and teaching skills, these essays might not have been award
12. After award presentation, we will return entries ONLY if student encloses a
self-addressed envelope and return postage with submission.
13. B'nai B'rith International reserves the right to publish and/or display any / all entries
in their entirety, or excerpt(s) from within with credit given to the author (name withheld
upon request), without further compensation except as described in #11 above.
14. At conclusion of the contest, BBI reserves the right to retain or discard (at its
option) all entries submitted without a return envelope and return postage.
15.To qualify for a prize, you must follow ALL the Contest Rules on this page.
16. Good luck!

All contest entries will be judged equally, regardless of member or non-member status
in BBI or BBYO. Similarly, a charitable donation to either organization will have no
affect on contest finalist selection or awarding of prizes. But if your heart and your
budget agree that this contest is worthy of your support, please
Contact Us.
"This contest is all about respecting the differences in the people around
us.  OK, so what's in it for me,"
you might ask "aside from the contest
prize money?  You're suggesting that I respect other people.  But how do
I get them to respect me?"
Take our Personal Pledge and watch how your
classmates, friends, family, and even strangers will look up to you.
Enlighten America
                    brought to you by
B'nai B'rith, metro-Atlanta style