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Writing Contests & Scholarships

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?"

All entries should be submitted to:

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund,
Office of General Counsel,
11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 267-1250

Entries must be postmarked on or before the entry deadline. All entries become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

2014 Youth Essay Contest

Click here for a copy of the 2014 Entry Form.

Description, Prizes & Deadline: The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its Yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

The entry deadline for this contest is December 1, 2014. Entries postmarked by December 1, 2014 will be accepted. Essay contest winners will be selected and notified in early 2015. All entries become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high, or high school during the 2014-2015 academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. For example, a previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

Format and Contents: All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). The fund historically receives a large number of entries and the contest is highly competitive. Include your name, age, address, telephone number, school, and grade as well as a statement from a teacher or parent certifying that the essay is your original work.