NeW Essay Contest

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

Last year marked several historic moments for women, particularly conservative women, and NeW has been proud to celebrate that this year with our campaign The Year of the Conservative Woman. As part of this campaign, we are thrilled to host our annual NeW Essay Contest.

The Network of enlightened Women (NeW) Essay Contest invites high school seniors and college women to reflect on these momentous achievements and what they mean for women going forward in a 600-750 word essay for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

The essay contest is NOW OPEN.

We are excited to share that the Washington Examiner is co-sponsoring this year’s contest and will be helping choose the winning essays.

The contest is open to female high school seniors and college students who compete in separate categories. You must be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States at the time of entry. Deadline to submit essays is May 2, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. No exceptions will be made.

One high school student and one college student will win a $500 scholarship and potentially have the essay published by our contest co-sponsor. Entrants must be willing to have their essay published.

To enter the Essay Contest, respond in 600-750 words to the following prompt. Essays should address one or more of the questions, but do not need to address all of them.

Last year was a historic year for women in America, with a record number of women elected to Congress, the election of our first female Vice President, and the fifth woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court. These women represent a diversity of views and don’t all agree on issues. But they all blazed new trails for women. What do their achievements mean for the future of women in America? How does having women with different views and from different backgrounds benefit America? What issue(s) do you think all women should come together on to advance women? How can we encourage other countries around the world to support women in positions of power?

Submit Your Essay

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Who: Female high school seniors and college students

Start Date: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:00am ET

Deadline: Sunday, May 2, 2021 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 2021 Essay Contest co-sponsor, the Washington Examiner.


To read the Official Contest Rules, click here.

Read the winning 2020 College essay and the winning High School essay.

For questions that are not answered in the description above, please email [email protected].

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