Essay Contest FAQ

Competition Details

Our contest is open to all 7th and 8th graders in the United States.

1st place will win $100, 2nd-5th place will win $50, and 6th-15th place will win $20.
16th-25th place will get a free copy of iLearn World’s The Road To Yale book

We can either reward the money through Paypal or by mailing a check.

The essays are to be uploaded by April 20th, 2021, 11:59pm EST.

Competition results will be released before April 28th, 2021.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of essays and our limited number of readers, we are unable to offer feedback on your essay. Thanks for understanding.

Essay Requirements

Be sure to answer all parts of the prompt and tell a story. For more information, see our Essay Contest Rubric here.

Essays should be double spaced, size 12, Times New Roman font.

Your essay should not exceed 650 words. Essays over the word count may affect your score.

Yes, please title your essay.

No, your title does not count towards your word count.

If you cite sources, please use MLA format and include a works cited page. This will not count towards your word count.

Essay Submission

You can submit your essay online on the submission tab of our website.

You can also optionally email it to us at

Essays are judged by current Yale students. You can download and view the rubric here.

Essays may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document in the following format:
Student’sinitials_Titleofessay.docx. Ex. KZ_Tennis:MoreThanASport.docx

No revisions are accepted, so be sure to revise your essay before submission.

You may only submit one essay per student.

No, this contest is totally free for all students.


Plagiarism is unacceptable and will result in disqualification.

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