Enter our 2016 essay contest

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The Northwest Catholic magazine covers featuring the 2014 and 2015 essay contest winners. The Northwest Catholic magazine covers featuring the 2014 and 2015 essay contest winners.

Northwest Catholic is holding its third annual student essay contest. Winning essays will be chosen from three categories: grades K–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The three first-place essays, with photos of the authors, will be published in the January/February 2016 issue of Northwest Catholic. Each winner will receive $150 and a $500 grant for the teacher of his or her choice.

The contest is open to students enrolled in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. In light of Pope Francis’ declaration of a Holy Year of Mercy, essays should answer the following question: “What does true mercy look like?”

Word limits for the essays are as follows: grades K–5: 250 words; grades 6–8: 350 words; grades 9–12: 500 words.

Essays will be judged on content, creativity and mechanics (organization, grammar and spelling). Most importantly: Don’t be boring.

Essays must be received by Northwest Catholic by Oct. 15. Winners will be notified by Nov. 5. Entries should include the student’s name, contact email address, school name (and city), and grade level.

Note: If the contest is used as an all-class or all-school assignment, teachers should choose up to three essays from each class to enter. Individual entries are welcome.

Send entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (include “Essay Contest” in subject line) or Essay Contest, Northwest Catholic, 710 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

Read the 2015 and 2014 winning essays.