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Submit to our range of student contests for a chance to win monetary prizes!

July 1st - July 31st, 2022

Essay Contest

Calling all students from the U.S. and territories! Inspired by the reflective spirit of July 4th and Independence Day, student-led initiative HiStory Retold is inviting young people this month to craft a well-structured essay that responds to one of the following prompts:

What does it mean to be an American?

What does the American Dream mean to you? 

Two winners will be chosen from the submission pool; the 1st place winner will receive $150, an invitation to join HiStory Retold’s national Leadership Board, and professional development/publishing opportunities, while the 2nd place winner will receive $50 and an invitation to join HiStory Retold’s Leadership Board.


Successful essays will grapple with chosen essay prompts from a personal lens, tying in frameworks of identity, personal narrative, and overall reflection. Anecdotal evidence is encouraged. As an organization committed to storytelling, we encourage students to tell a story with their piece while still deftly navigating the chosen prompt.


  • Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words

  • Essays must either address one of the two contest prompts or synthesize ideas from both

  • Participants must submit their pieces between July 1st and July 31st for consideration

  • Reminder: All submitted essays are eligible for publication on HiStory Retold’s website. By submitting your essay, you recognize and agree that your piece can be published on HiStory Retold’s media sites.


  • Email your finished piece in GoogleDoc, Word Doc, or PDF format to with subject line “Essay Contest Submission” by July 31st, midnight Central Standard Time.

  • In the body of your email, include a brief bio that states your name, age, and some brief tidbits about who you are. This will be shared with readers who engage with your essay.

  • Attach a headshot to your email.

Identity Contest

September 1st - September 30th, 2021

Calling all writers, poets, artists, and young creatives! HiStory Retold is a group of students aiming to diversify national curriculum, and we need your help. We call on you to share a piece using any creative medium - writing, visual, song, etc. - that in some way communicates and/or reflects your self-perception of your identity. This prompt is purposefully vague to allow for utmost creativity. The first place winner will receive $100 and an offer for a position on HiStory Retold's National Student Leadership Board. 

Email your submission directly to by September 30th, midnight Central time. 

  • Make the subject line of your email "Identity Contest Submission"

  • Attach your creative piece. Please put it in PDF, PNG, or JPEG form. If your piece is an audio file or video, you may submit it in original form.

  • In your email, you must provide your NAME, AGE, and a short blurb of no more than 50 words describing yourself.

  • Winners will be announced by October 15th and winners will be compensated by no later than October 24th.

  • By submitting, participants give HiStory Retold the right to publish their piece on our website and share it with partner schools.

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