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Kyssets Betydning Essay Contest

Calling all student writers! 

America Media is proud to announce the 2018 Generation Faith Essay Contest.

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year's Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one's faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. 

The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience.

The winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and will be published in America.Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time high school or college student at the time of the contest deadline. Your submission must be previously unpublished (including on personal websites) and must be original work.

You can read a previous first-place essay here. 

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

"College as America used to understand it is coming to an end."

In the turbulent late '60s and early '70s, college campuses played a major role in the culture and politics of the era. Today, according to author and historian Rick Perlstein, colleges have lost their central place in the broader society and in the lives of undergraduates.

We invite all college students to read "What's the Matter with College," Perlstein's full article on the subject, and submit an essay of no more than 1,200 words in response.

Is the college experience less critical to the nation than it was a generation ago? We invite you to join the debate.

The winning essay will be published in the special Sept. 30 College issue of The Magazine and on NYTimes.com/Magazine. Five runner-up essays will also be published on NYTimes.com/Magazine.

The winning essay will also be featured on mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, as well as mtvU.com. Tune in to mtvU or mtvU.com this month to see Rick Perlstein's challenge to the national college audience.

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