Her words changed the world.

2014 Student Stowe Prize

2014 Student Stowe Prize
For Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice

Established by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, to be awarded in June 2014

Submission deadline is January 10, 2014  Entry Forms

  

 Are you changing the world? Do you know somebody who is? 

The Student Stowe Prize recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that motivates positive action for social justice. The Prize recognizes writing that is making a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.   Issues may include, but are not limited to: race, class and gender.  Entries must have been published or publicly presented.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, appalled by the injustice of slavery, wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) as a call to action. Using print media and the familiar literary form of telling a story, she shone a harsh light on the American institution of slavery. The book became an international best seller and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

Complementing the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize, presented in 2011 to Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and in 2013 to Michelle Alexander for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness the Student Stowe Prize is presented in alternating years with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize. 

The Student Stowe Prize was first awarded in 2012 to Hannah C. Morgan (college) and Tess Domb Sadoff (high school)  See http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/worxcms_published/programs.items_page208.shtml for more information about the 2012 Student Stowe Prize winners.

AWARD CATEGORIES

High School Students

The winning student* will be awarded $1000.00, have their work published on the Stowe Center website and be featured at a public program and award ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut.

The top three finalists will be invited to attend the public program and award ceremony.

College Students

The winning student* will be awarded $2500.00, have their work published on the Stowe Center website and be featured at a public program and award ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut.

The top three finalists will be invited to attend the public program and award ceremony.

*Entrants must be able to attend the June 2014 public program and award ceremony.

ENTRY CRITERIA

·       Types of writing can include:


o Editorials

o Essays

o Memoirs

o News or investigative reporting

o Newspaper articles

o Poetry

o Screenplays

o Short stories

o Student-created and managed blogs


·       Writing length should not exceed 1500 words.

o   For writing exceeding this length, please select portions that will meet the criteria.

·       Writing must be written by the entrant, original and published.

    • See “Eligibility” for more information on publication requirement

·       Quotations and uncommon facts should include proper citations.

·       Entries will be judged based on both writing and the action the piece of writing has inspired, on a social justice issue.

·       Entries must focus on a social justice or human rights topic. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: race, class, or gender.

·       Attach a brief statement, of no more than 250 words, describing how your work makes a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.

Examples of tangible impact –

o   Your work has:

      • Inspired someone to take positive action on a social justice issue
        • Because of your report on people that are food insecure in your community, your class started a program that provides backpacks full of food for students in need to take home on the weekends
      • Created discussion/conversation around an issue
        • Because of your editorial/news reporting about human trafficking in the United States, local police forces have increased their efforts to recognize and prevent human trafficking
      • Changed someone’s behavior
        • Because of your blog chronicling your attempt to be a conscientious consumer, your university is examining its buying choices around fair trade items.
      • Resulted in changes of policy or procedures
        • Because of your article in the school newspaper about cyberbullying, your school adopted a zero tolerance policy and had all students sign a contract pledging to Stand Up to Bullying.
      • Increased awareness about a social justice issue
        • Because of your short story about a young girl who was a victim of human trafficking, students organized an Abolitionist Fair to raise awareness about modern day slavery.

ELIGIBILITY

High School Students

  • The Student Stowe Prize is open to all matriculating high school students in the United States.
  • Entries must be original and have been published or publicly presented◊◊.
  • Entries must meet the criteria of the Student Stowe Prize.
  • One submission accepted per entrant.
  • Entries must also include completed Student Stowe Prize Entry Form, Parental/Guardian Release Form*, Impact Statement**, and Academic Integrity Pledge.
  • Entrants must provide two letters of reference from adults, who can verify the impact the writing has created. References must include: Name, Title, Contact information.
  • Entrants must be able to attend a public program and award ceremony held in Hartford Connecticut, in June 2014, in order to be eligible to win the Student Stowe Prize. (Travel expenses for winner and parent/guardian provided by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.)

College/University Students

  • The Student Stowe Prize is open to all matriculating undergraduates at American colleges and universities.
  • Entries must be original and have been published◊◊◊.
  • Entries must meet the criteria of the Student Stowe Prize.
  • One submission accepted per entrant.
  • Entries must also include completed Student Stowe Prize Entry Form, Parental/Guardian Release Form*, Impact Statement**, and Academic Integrity Pledge.
  • Entrants must be able to attend a public program and award ceremony held in Hartford Connecticut, in June 2014, in order to be eligible to win the Student Stowe Prize. (Travel expenses for winner and parent/guardian provided by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.)

     Publication may include local and/or national media, blogs, school publications, scholarly journals, organization publications, and magazines. For all publications, entries must include a description of how and where the work was published.

◊◊      Publicly presented includes work that has been shared in front of an audience. For all public presentations, entries must include a description of how and where the work was presented.

◊◊◊    Publication may include national media, nationally recognized blogs, university publications, scholarly journals, organization publications, and magazines. For all publications, entries must include a description of how and where the work was published

*    Required for all entrants under the age of 18.

**  See “Entry Criteria” for statement requirements

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked by January 10, 2014. 
  • E-mail submissions to: StudentStowePrize@stowecenter.org. Entries should be directly in the body of the e-mail, not attachments.
  • Hard copies should be sent to the address below:

                       

                        Student Stowe Prize

                        Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

                        77 Forest Street

                        Hartford, CT 06105

Please contact StudentStowePrize@stowecenter.org with any questions.