The Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest is named for Polly Rosenbaum, a former House Representative in the Arizona State Legislature and teacher, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. This writing contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Mrs. Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource.
Each year the Arizona Educational Foundation establishes a theme for the writing contest.
The creative writing contest is open to students in grades 7 thru 12 who currently attend a public school in Arizona. Entries are judged in three categories: 7th/8th Grade; 9th/10th Grade; and 11th/12th Grade.
2018 POLLY ROSENBAUM WRITING CONTEST
The 2018 writing contest theme is:
“What is the importance of civility in civic discourse?”
The deadline for entry submission is Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
- Submit via a teacher an original, creative writing piece (i.e., a poem, short story, essay, play, song, etc.) – not a factual essay – based on the theme by the stated deadline.
- 500-word limit, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, at least 1-inch margins.
- Student’s full name, school, grade, and teacher must be listed on the front page.
- Submit student entry or entries ONLINE by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
- The number of student entries submitted per teacher is limited to TEN PER CATEGORY; no more than one entry per student.
- Save each student entry as a PDF with his or her name in the file name and then upload the document. Each entry must be uploaded as a PDF file. The file size of each entry cannot exceed 10 MB.
- If the entry or entries cannot be uploaded for submission, please complete and submit the online form but mail a copy of all contest entries to Arizona Educational Foundation, 6155 E. Indian School Road, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
- October 2017 – The online application is made available on the Arizona Educational Foundation website.
- December 20, 2017 – Deadline for teachers to submit entries.
- January 2018 – Educators and businesses leaders judge each entry on the following criteria: proper grammar and word usage; relevance to the established theme; creativity; and effective use of the 6-trait writing rubric.
- February 2018 – Participating students and teachers are communicated their scores. Arizona Educational Foundation announces first, second and third place winners in each category.
- February/March 2018 – First, second and third place winners in each category are recognized at an event at the Arizona State Capitol (exact date and time to be announced later) in their honor. Winners may be invited to other events to be honored and celebrated.
- Every participant receives a letter of commendation.
- First, second and third place winners in each category are recognized at an event at the Arizona State Capitol (exact date and time to be announced later) in their honor.
- First, second and third place winners in each category receive an award certificate.
- First place winners receive a $50 gift certificate; second place winners receive a $25 gift certificate, and third place winners receive a $15 gift certificate.
- First place winners are invited to read their winning submission out loud at designated events.