Unessay contest for Jewish high school students
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Unessay contest for Jewish high school students

High school students in the United States are invited to participate in the first annual Jewish Lives Unessay Contest, a contest that is designed to help make Jewish history come alive while unleashing their creativity.

Submissions will be reviewed by the editors of Jewish Lives, a prizewinning series of biography published by Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation. The contest has three prize levels ($1,000, $500, $250). All prize level winners will have their work published on jewishlives.org and shared with the Jewish Lives audience via social media and email. And for those students participating through their high schools, school winners will receive a Jewish Lives School Prize, a $50 e-gift card to JewishLives.org.

So, what’s an unessay?

An unessay is a type of creative academic project that is not limited to the written word and is evaluated based on the level of creativity and how well it addresses the question.

To engage all students, the responses can take any creative form: a traditional essay, a video, artwork, a poem, a podcast, etc. answering the question: “If you could spend a day with one figure from Jewish history, who would it be and what would you do?”

For more information about The Jewish Lives Unessay Contest, contact Rebecca Keys at contact@jewishlives.org.

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