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Essay Contest Rules

Essay Contest Rules

• Grades 6-8 will compete in the middle school category. Grades 9- 12 will compete in the high school category.

• Each sponsoring teacher may submit an unlimited amount of essays from his or her class(es).

• Essays may be one of the following four types: Persuasive Essay, Informative Essay, Narrative Story or True Story.

• Essays must be original, unpublished, and written by one student and must not exceed 1000 words.

• All essay submissions must be made online through the "online submissions" tab - which can also be found here. DO NOT submit physical copies of your essays via mail. Be sure to submit your essay sufficiently in advance of the deadline so that any potential technical issues may be addressed.

• Technical errors should be brought to Atlantic Institute's attention at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Students may only submit one (1) essay within the Essay Contest. Students who submit an essay are still permitted to enter (1) submission in the Art Contest.

• Each submission must include: the student's name, grade, school, city, state, sponsoring teacher's name, sponsoring teacher's e-mail address and district superintendent's name. Essays lacking the above criteria may be disqualified. The online submission form will require all of these details.

• Submissions must be received no later than December 7, 2016 by 11:59 PM.

• Winning essays become the property of Atlantic Institute and as such, may be used, copied and displayed for promotional/informational purposes.

• Essays will be judged according to the rubric available here.


DISQUALIFYING FACTORS: Essays may be disqualified automatically or receive lower scores if they lack any aforementioned criteria. Please follow the directions for each submission.


Art Contest Rules

Grades 6-8 will compete in the middle school category. Grades 9- 12 will compete in the high school category.

• Artwork can be submitted in virtually any two dimensional media, including the following subcategories: drawing, painting, collage, photography and graphic design

• Students may only submit one (1) piece of artwork (in any medium) within the Art Contest. Students who submit artwork are still permitted to enter (1) submission in the essay portion of the Contest.

• Each submission must include: the student’s name, grade, school, city, state, sponsoring teacher's name, sponsoring teacher's e-mail address, and district superintendent’s name. Each student is also required to register online and include an Artist's Statement. Submissions lacking the above criteria may be disqualified. Please follow the instructions carefully.

• Submissions must be received no later than December 7, 2016 by 11:59 PM.

• Winning art pieces become the property of Istanbul Center and Atlantic Institute and as such may be used, copied and displayed by Atlantic Institute for promotional/informational purposes.

• Artwork from non-winning students will be returned upon request after the Awards Ceremony. (Please provide a detailed address on the back of each submission that you want returned, as well as postage and packaging for the return of each piece). Non-winning students relinquish all claims to submitted pieces within two weeks after the award ceremony takes place.

• Please note that Atlantic Institute reserves the right to not recognize any winners whatsoever in said category should the category lack quality submissions (as deemed by the professional judges).

• Participants must use the submissions link on the website to initiate their submission.

All students must complete the online submission form and attach the confirmation printout to their artwork. All artwork must be sent by mail to your local branch. Please visit your state tab for address & contact information.

• Artwork will be judged based on the rubric, which is available here

• Technical errors should be brought to Atlantic Institute’s attention by contacting the website administrator  by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



General guidelines for all Art Submissions EXCEPT Photography & Graphic Design:

Traditional media categories include drawing, painting, and collage. Original work must be 15"x20" and needs to be mounted or applied (not matted) on illustration board of equal size. The artwork must extend to the edges of the illustration board and include an Artist’s Statement. All images must be two-dimensional, original and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

General guidelines for Photography submissions:

Photography includes any color and/or black & white photos. Actual size must be 8"x10"only and printed on 8.5"x11" photo paper.  Please do not frame or mount photography submissions. All images must be two-dimensional, original, and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

General guidelines for Graphic Design submissions:

Graphic design artwork is defined as the use of computer media and innovative computer applications in art.  Original artwork must be 8.5"x11" only and mounted on illustration board that is also 8.5"x11". Please only mount the piece on illustration that is the same size and do not matt graphic design work. All images must be two-dimensional, original, and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS: Artwork may be disqualified automatically or receive lower scores if it lacks any of the criteria mentioned above. Please follow the exact directions for each submission.

 

 
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