HSLDA Writing Contest Open For All Homeschooling Students

Somebody writing with pen on papers

Somebody writing with pen on papers

Does your child like to write? Do they school at home? If the answer to these both is yes, here’s an item of interest for you. Right now, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is hosting an essay contest. Here is a summary [1].

Age Categories

Category 1

This is open for students ages 7-10. In this contest, students write about their friends- real or imaginary.

Category 2

This is open for students ages 11-14. They will write about preparing for an emergency. What would they put in an emergency backpack?

Category 3

This contest is open for ages 15-19. They get to write about lessons learned from this pandemic that they would pass on to future generations in 2051.

Basic Rules

These contests are open only to homeschooled individuals. A student may enter up to two essays. The word limit for each essay is 700 words. HSLDA does specify type size and font here.

Parental Involvement

Parents may type the essay for younger children. Parents may direct students to information, like dictionaries. However, the work must be entirely the student’s effort.

Additional Notes

HSLDA does charge a nominal fee for each entry. The funds accrued go to provide financial assistance for struggling homeschooling families.  HSLDA also does reward prizes in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and honorable mentions. This contest is open in all 50 states. But hurry- the deadline to enter is November 1.


  1. ^https://hslda.org/post/contests (go back↩)

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