Volume Five Contests:

  • International (open to secondary students outside the United States): Imagine ‘justice' as a building. What does it look like? How is it planned and built? Who builds it? What kind of structure does it have? What is inside, and what happens inside? How does it affect its surroundings? Your response may take the form of an essay, story, poem, dialogue, letter, real estate advertisement, architectural prospectus, or other written genre. You may provide black-and-white illustrations, but the written part must be capable of standing on its own.

  • National (open to secondary students in the United States): Are there any situations in which envy is justified?

  • Art (open only to students at Columbia Secondary School): Take the word "contrariwise" and create a piece of art that you feel embodies it in meaning or essence.

  • Infrequently Asked Questions (open to all secondary students): Ever wonder about the answers to fascinating, infrequently asked questions? Last year, Diana Senechal asked: "What would happen if corn rebelled and overthrew the cob?" We weren't sure, but she thought "the cob would be... shucked." We know you've got some weird question on your mind, let us know!

  • All submissions must be completely original.

Congratulations to the winners of last year's contest!

First Place: "The Coffee Dilemma" by Katie Vollen (Columbia Secondary School, New York City)

Second Place: "We are condemned to be free" by Mya Goodman (Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, VA)

Third Place: "The Ordinary Morality of Arriving Late" by Tadhg Larabee (Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD)

Honorable Mention: "What is a Human Being?" by Selin Tunali (Sainte Pulcherie French High School, Istanbul, Turkey)