The National Right to Life 2012 Pro-Life Essay Contest

By Jacki Ragan

Each year, National Right to Life sponsors a Pro-Life Essay Contest.  Minnesota state Senator Michelle Fischbach oversees and directs the contest, and encourages young people to get involved and submit an essay.  The essay should address the question, AWhat effect has abortion had on your generation?

This is an excellent way to educate young people to the true meaning of abortion and how many lives are lost each year.  With more than 3,300 abortions a day, many of their peers are not in their class room today because of abortion. 

What follows is a brief “how-to” so that you know how to submit your essay properly.

To begin with there is a Senior Essay Contest for grades 10 – 12 and a Junior Essay Contest for grades 7 – 9. Essays will be read and judged on originality, content, and accuracy.  The announcement of winners will be announced as soon as possible, but judging time depends on the numbers of entries received. 

The essay should be double spaced with pages numbered, between 300 to 500 words in length. The font must be no smaller than 12 pt.   

Essays must be submitted between December 19, 2011, and January 23, 2012, and postmarked no later than January 23, 2012. 

Use a cover sheet that includes: full name, full address, phone number, grade level, student date of birth, parent=s name and word count.   All sources used must be cited and please do not include any artwork, pictures, or plastic covers.   All essays must be mailed to Michelle Fischbach, 416 Burr St., Paynesville, MN 56362.

First place winners will receive $200, Second place winners will receive $150, and Third place winners will receive $100.  Prizes are awarded for both the Junior and Senior contests.

The two first place essays will appear in the National Right to Life Committee Yearbook, National Right to Life News, and in National Right to Life News Today.

If you need additional information on the National Right to Life 2012 Pro-Life Essay Contest, visit www.nrlc.org and click on the tab ASpecial Events.@  We look forward to reading YOUR child=s essay!   

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