NextGen Essay Contest 2011: Every day, my Hindu-ness makes me a better American because...

New York, NY (July 6, 2011) - HAF announces its third annual NextGen Essay Contest, open to writers ages 14 through 27. As HAF continues its efforts to build a progressive Hindu American voice, it is also working to ensure the voices of future Hindu American leaders are heard. The NextGen Essay Contest was established in 2009 to engage the youth and to continue to emphasize the importance of a Hindu American identity.  This year, the age group has been expanded to include an even younger generation of Hindu Americans.
Topic: Being a Hindu in America can often times mean leading two lives -- "Hindu" within the comfort of our homes and faith communities, and "American" outside. But there are also many values and ideals of both our Hindu and American identities that beautifully complement one another.  Every day, my Hindu-ness makes me a better American because...
Contest Dates: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - Friday, August 12, 2011 (11:59pm EST)
Email address for submission:
Category 1 (Ages 14-17): First prize - $150; Second prize - $100
Category 2 (Ages 18-22): First prize - $300; Second prize - $200
Category 3 (Ages 23-27): First prize - $500; Second prize - $250
All three of the first prize winning essays will be published in the Huffington Post.
Winning entry annoucement date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Essay Requirements
  1. Essays must be 12-point type, double-spaced, 1-inch page margins, and in pdf format.
  2. Essays must have a title.
  3. Essays must be between 700 and 1,000 words. Essays not within these length requirements will not be considered.
  4. Sources must be credited in a bibliography.
  5. A one-paragraph bio of the author, including age, must be included at the end of the essay. Please do NOT submit a separate bio pdf.
Judging Criteria
Entries will be judged on the depth of their content and the skill with which they are written. Authors should demonstrate a sound knowledge of the subject matter and support their assertions. Essays should be free of grammatical errors and should be clear, concise and well-organized. Judges reserve the right to present no awards or to reduce the number of awards if an insufficient number of deserving entries is received.