What It Is:
“Dear Editor” is an opportunity to engage students to think critically and write persuasively, responding to news media regarding the topic of social justice and civil rights.
Who Can Enter:
The “Dear Editor” contest is open to Northern Virginia middle and high school students, including age-appropriate home schooled children.
How to Enter:
Write a “letter to the editor” of 250 words or less that responds to an article, a photograph, or another “letter to the editor” published in a local or national newspaper, magazine or internet news source. Each student may submit only one letter per year. Letters must be addressed to “Dear Editor” and signed by the student.
The news article selected by a student should relate either:
Your “Dear Editor” letter should:
Letters will be judged on:
When to Submit:
Diener & Associates must receive the application package by 5 PM on April 30th. Award Recipients are expected to attend the Tinner Hill Blues Festival on Saturday June 11th, to receive their monetary awards.
Sr. High 9-12
Middle Sch 6-8