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PRO-LIFE ESSAY CONTEST

 

 

The Culture of Life Studies Program’s annual pro-life essay contest began in 2017 and is now held annually during Respect Life Month in October. Cosponsored by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this contest, traditionally for middle schoolers and older, gives children the opportunity to share their knowledge and thoughts about pro-life topics. And it’s a great way for them to win incredible prizes!

2024 Pro-Life Essay Contest Begins!

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2023 Essay PROMPTS

Middle School

Moral courage is vital in today’s society. Standing up for your pro-life beliefs requires moral courage. Imagine that you have a friend who believes that a woman has a “right” to abortion. How would you defend the preborn baby to her and explain that the baby has a right to life?

Write 500 words responding to the essay prompt. Have your parent, legal guardian, or teacher submit your essay using this form

If you have any issues submitting your essay using the form, you can email it directly to clsp@all.org.

Deadline: November 6, 2023, 11:59pm Pacific

High School

Cura personalis is an Ignatian (from the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola) spirituality concept that means “care for the whole person.” This concept reminds us to care for all aspects of a human being (physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually) rather than just one. It means that we have to care for the entire person, including his or her soul. How can you use this concept to care for single moms and their babies? Describe some concrete ways that you can support single moms and their children while helping them understand their value.

Write 500 words responding to the essay prompt. Have your parent, legal guardian, or teacher submit your essay using this form.

If you have any issues submitting your essay using the form, you can email it directly to clsp@all.org.

Deadline: November 6, 2023, 11:59pm Pacific

2023 Contest Rules

Submissions must be the original and previously unpublished work of the student.

  • Use only your own work; plagiarism is not tolerated.
  • Only one entry permitted per contestant.
  • Only essays that respond to the essay prompt will be considered.
  • The contest is open to students in grades 5-12.
  • All essays must be submitted by a parent, legal guardian, or teacher.
  • All submissions become the sole property of American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program, which reserves the right to edit submissions for publication.
  • We accept electronic submissions only; you can submit your entry below. If you have any trouble, let us know and we’ll help.
  • Use the appropriate Google form to submit all contact information: High School | Middle School
  • Deadline: November 6, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. We will notify contestants of the results during the month of December 2023.
  • If you are a school submitting a large number of essays, please contact us; we can help you submit all essays as one large document.

2023 Essay Format

  • Center the essay title at the top of the first page.
  • Double space all text.
  • All text must be 12 pt. font, and Times New Roman is preferred.
  • Outside sources are optional and do not increase a student’s chance of winning. Visit https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html for more information about how to use MLA citations in the body of the essay as well as on a Works Cited page.

Congratulations to our winners!

High School

1st Place: Adriana Wendling
Cura Personalis: More Than a Concept


St. Ignatius Loyola: A Thought for Each Day of the Year
$250
Publication in Celebrate Life Magazine
Year’s subscription to Celebrate Life Magazine
Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
Pro-life T-shirt
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

2nd Place: Zoe Berthiaume
“Valued Yet Vulnerable: Caring for Single Moms and Their Babies”

The Classic Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$150
Pro-life T-shirt
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

3rd Place: Tristan Green
Cura Personalis and Single Mothers

The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$75
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

Honorable Mention: Isabelle Ohlhaut
Cura Personalis

The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$25

Middle School

1st Place: NoaRose Rogers
A Woman’s Right to Life

Publication in Celebrate Life Magazine
Year’s subscription to Celebrate Life Magazine
Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$250
Pro-life T-shirt
St. John Bosco lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

2nd Place: Amy Rogers
A Right to Life

Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$150
Pro-life T-shirt
St. John Bosco lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

3rd Place: Audrey Doscher
The Right to Life

Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$75
St. John Bosco lesson
Pro-life goodies (pins, stickers, etc.)

Honorable Mention: Augustine Rogers
Created in the Image of God

Publication on the Culture of Life Studies Program’s website
$25

 

 

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