- The contest is open to any resident in Fairfield or New Haven counties. This contest is open to anyone from 6rd grade through age 101 (or older!)
- Theme: Eliminating Stigma One Story at a Time
- Only one submission per person will be accepted.
- The essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment to an email by May 31, 2014, 5:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to 2370 Black Rock Turnpike #294, Fairfield, CT 06825 with a postmark by May 31, 2014.
- Essays will be judged in three categories:
- Middle School Students (grades 6-8)
- High School Students (grades 9-12)
- Adults (18+)
- Anonymous entries may be submitted and will be considered for publication, but will not be entered into the contest or awarded a prize.
- The essay text is limited to 1500 words. Please submit entries using 12-point font. Pages should be numbered with one-inch margins. The title page and references are not included in the 1500 word maximum.
- Each entry must include a Title Page (which is not considered part of the 1500 word limit) with the following information:
- Essay Title
- Name, Age and Age Group Category – Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12) and Adults
- School, if applicable
- Street Address, Phone Number, and E‐mail Address
B Stigma-Free will keep applicant’s identifying information confidential upon request, but this will forfeit qualifying for prizes of cash value.
- Essays submitted become property of B Stigma-Free, which may publish or promote the work. Authors will be identified unless previous request to remain anonymous has been received. By virtue of submission authors give permission to B Stigma-Free to publish the work or to use it in other promotional materials.
- Entries will be judged by a panel of Southern Connecticut affiliate members of B Stigma and community representatives. All decisions are final. Entries will be judged on content, authenticity, impact and interpretation of the theme “Eliminating Stigma One Story at a Time” as well as consistency with B Stigma-Free’s views and goals.
- Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 4th, 2013.
Scoring Rubric: Judges will follow the following criteria when scoring essays
- Content (20 points): How well does the author reflect upon and address the issues of mental health care, mental illness and/or stigma?
- Authenticity (20 points): Does the essay reflect the author’s personal concern and/or experience regarding mental health and mental illness?
- Impact & Interpretation of Theme (20 points): Are the issues of mental health, support, outreach and/or stigma addressed effectively in the essay?
- Creativity & Originality (20 points): Has the author creatively and effectively expressed his/her point of view?
- Writing Quality (20 points): Concise and appropriate language, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
For more information, please visit www.bstigmafree.org/sct.