Thank you for your interest in participating in the Ukrainian Institute of America’s
Taras Shevchenko Essay Contest.
The essay contest is part of a year-long, world-wide celebration of Taras Shevchenko’s 200th birthday. It is intended to inspire young people to think about the legacy of this towering figure in Ukraine’s history.
First prize $3,000
Second prize $2,000
Third prize $1,000
10 Honorable Mentions $300 each
The top 3 essays, and the names of all the winners, will be published on the Institute's website; in Atlas, the Institute's newsleter; and in some of the Ukrainian American Press. Top scoring essays will be displayed at the Institute's headquarters during the summer of 2014.
Open to anyone ages 14 to 21.
Essays must be original, unpublished, and written entirely by the contestant. Co-authored essays will not be accepted.
A contestant may submit only one essay.
Entries must be received no later than midnight January 31, 2014.
Each submission will receive a return message indicating receipt of the essay.
Entrants must fill out the entry form on the Ukrainian Institute of America’s website.
Essays must be written in English.
Essays must be under 1,000 words in length.
Essays must be double-spaced.
Essays must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word file, attached as specified on the entry form.
Cite all sources used in the text; do not use footnotes or endnotes.
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- “Variation and Transfiguration” – Featuring the art of Katia Setzer, 02/01/14 08:00 pm
- “Destination: Middle Europe”, 03/01/14 08:00 pm
- “A look back at the 20th century”, 04/05/14 08:00 pm