“Free Expression and the First Amendment” Essay Contest Rules

1. Contest Topic
Your essay must cover this topic:

Other than what has already been prescribed into law as unprotected free speech (obscenity or threats to national security, for example) what, if any, should be the limits to free expression?

2. Requirements

One entry per student. While there is no minimum length, essays may not exceed 1,000 words.  Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others.

All entries must include name, address, telephone number, e-mail and school. All entries must be typewritten, double-spaced in a reasonable font. The contest is open to all public, private and home schooled high school students in Ouachita and Lincoln parishes.

Download a Contest Essay template here (as a Word .doc)

3. Permissions

Submissions are the property of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Entrants give permission to the University of Louisiana at Monroe to take photos of winners for publicity purposes. By submitting your entry, entrant agrees to all rules and rights applied by the University of Louisiana at Monroe for this contest.

4. Submissions

Electronic submissions must be received no later than 8 p.m. CDT Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 to usconstitution@ulm.edu.

Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

Hand-delivered submissions should be delivered no later than 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Mail or deliver submissions to:
The University of Louisiana at Monroe
Department of Communication
401 Bayou Drive
120-D Stubbs Hall
Monroe, LA 71209
Attn: Dr. Peggy J. Bowers

Please visit the Submission Web page for complete submission information

5. Judging

All entries will receive consideration from a balanced panel of experts who will evaluate entries based on understanding of the First Amendment, persuasiveness, creativity and grammar.

6. Prizes

$500 - 1st place Prize
$300 - 2nd Place Prize
$100 - 3rd Place Prize
$ 50  - Honorable Mention (Two (2) Honorable Mentions to be awarded)


Winners will be contacted by telephone or email.

7. Reception

All entrants and their families are invited to attend a reception to recognize the participants. The reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 on the ULM campus.

As part of the observance of the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, ULM's Department of Communication is also pleased to welcome Mr. Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, who will deliver the keynote speech at the reception.