Essay Competition

The Office of Congressman Dean Phillips is pleased to announce this amazing opportunity for student writers in Minnesota’s Third District!

Essay Topic:
Reflect on an unsung hero (living or dead) with a connection to Minnesota who made a positive impact on the lives of others. How did their work impact their community, and why should other people know their story?

Eligibility:
The essay competition is open to students in 6th – 12th grade living or attending school in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

Deadline:
Postmarked or email time-stamped by February 17, 2020.

Judging:
The Office of Congressman Dean Phillips will select one winner from each of the following age groups:

  • 6th-8th grade students
  • 9th-12th grade students

Winners:
Winners will have the opportunity to present their essays to Congressman Phillips and will receive assistance in submitting their pieces for publication in local newspapers.

Essay Format:

  • Cover page with student’s name, address, school, grade, and email address
  • 600 words or less (excluding header and sources)
    • Essays over 600 words are ineligible for publication in local newspapers
  • Header with the student’s name and school on each page
  • Times New Roman size 12 font
  • Double spaced
  • Please do not include pictures, color text, or images

Submissions:
If submitting by email, essays should be in PDF or Word Document format. The document should be sent to grant.anderla@mail.house.gov and titled as follows: Name.SchoolName.MN03EssaySubmission

If submitting by mail, essays should be sent to:

Office of Congressman Dean Phillips
13911 Ridgedale Drive, Suite 200
Minnetonka, MN, 55305

Judging Criteria:

1. Content – 25%

  1. Adherence to topic
  2. Information gathered through research
  3. Logical development of ideas

2. Form - 25%

  1. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  2. Word choice, vocabulary
  3. Essay length (600 word maximum)

3. Individuality - 50%

  1. Writing skill or flair
  2. Use of comparative facts and background information
  3. Persuasiveness
  4. Individuality – Use of voice