Topics announced: January 1
Essay Submissions due: December 31, 2018
Essay Length: 1000 word limit
Eligibility: Contestant must be an Orthodox Christian (baptized Orthodox or officially enrolled as a catechumen in the Orthodox Church) and must be born in the year 1999 or later. There are no eligibility restrictions based on Orthodox jurisdiction, type of schooling, or country of residence.
Prior Publication: Essay must be original, not previously published (online or in print) or submitted for publication elsewhere.
Language Requirements: Essays may be in English or Greek. They must be the original work of the child and must be submitted in the language known to that child. If a child is able to write in both Greek and English, the child may submit his/her essay in both languages, but may not have the essay translated by someone else for submission.
Prizes: $100 will be awarded to the winning essay in each of the following four categories:
English Language - Senior Division (birth year 1999-2003)
English Language - Junior Division (birth year 2004 or later)
Greek Language - Senior Division (birth year 1999-2003)
Greek Language - Junior Division (birth year 2004 or later)
A 1st place winner will be chosen from among the four categories above, and will receive an additional $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at a future St. Emmelia WEST Conference (paid for by sponsors of the St. Kosmas Homeschool Community). All four winning essays will be published on the St. Kosmas website and may also be published in printed Orthodox periodicals. Essays become property the of St. Kosmas Homeschool Association.
Essay Submission Process:
All contestants must submit their essay as a pdf through an online form available on this web page October 1. The form will ask for information about the author and will allow for the essay to be uploaded as a pdf and submitted as an attachment. Time period for submissions is from October 1 through December 31, 2018.
The judges will be announced on this webpage in October.
Topics for 2018 Essay Contest:
Topic #1: About the Life of St. Kosmas Aitolos