NeW Essay Contest

Submit an essay for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

Each year NeW celebrates conservative women in leadership and the positive impact they have on our society. As apart of our programming, we are thrilled to host our annual Essay Contest.  

The 2023 Essay Contest is now closed

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The 2023 Essay Contest prompt.

Language is being banned all over from college campuses to politics and the corporate world to hospitals. Many words deemed inappropriate erase the distinction between women and men, such as chestfeeding vs. breastfeeding, first-year vs. Freshman, or people who menstruate vs. women. As a woman, how do you distinguish yourself from men? What does it mean to be a woman? How do you stand up for your beliefs when your speech is censored? How do you feel about certain words and phrases being banned? What words or phrases should be banned that are not currently? 


Who: Female high school juniors and seniors and college students

Start Date: Monday, June 5, 2023 at 10:00am ET

Deadline: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 11:59pm ET

Prize: $500 for the first place winners of the College and High School Category. The first place essays will have the opportunity to be published.

Thank you to our 2023 Essay Contest co-sponsor, the Washington Examiner.

To read the Official Contest Rules, click here.

Read the winning 2023 College Essay and the winning High School Essay

For questions that are not answered in the description above, please email

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the College Category of the 2023 Essay Contest is Lena Branch, a student at the University  of Iowa. Congratulations, Lena!

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the High School Category of the 2023 Essay Contest is Beverly Richardson, a student at Mechanicsville High School. Congratulations, Beverly! 

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the College Category of the 2022 Lead Like a Lady Essay Contest is Maya Tharoo, a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. Congratulations, Maya!


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