Please read all of the APEE Essay Contest rules before submitting your manuscript.
Send your completed manuscript, in Word or WordPerfect, as an attachment to Ashley Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before December 1. The essay must be in English.
In addition to sending the article as an attachment, you must include your name, mailing address, and the university or school that you attend. Finalists will be required to provide evidence that they are full-time students and that they are 25 years old or younger. At that time, a photocopy of your student identification card will be required.
If you have any technical or logistical questions about the contest (if, for example, the links to the listed articles don’t work), you may contact Jane Shaw at email@example.com.
Your essay should be between 1000 and 2000 words. Significantly longer essays will not be considered. Essays will not be returned. Winning essays (including honorable mentions) will become the property of APEE and may be published in print or electronically.
Your essay can be about any one of the three topics listed below. After each topic, there is a short discussion that should help you prepare your essay, as well as a few articles that may be helpful as you address the topic. You do not have to use the same title, and your essay can cover a portion, rather than all, of the topic.
What Causes Prosperity?
What is the Role of Ethical Behavior in a Free Market?
Can Free Markets Protect the Environment?
Contestants’ essays will be judged on the basis of the clarity of the writing, the quality of the thinking they reflect, and the extent to which they recognize or incorporate one or more relevant ideas suggested by the supporting articles, especially the first three online articles. You do not have to agree with the ideas in the supporting articles (and you do not have to read all the articles that are mentioned), but the judges are looking for thoughtful essays that reveal that the writer has considered the benefits of free economies.
Here's How it Works:
Students from Daviess County are featured on the covers and throughout this year's publications. You and your school have a chance to be featured throughout next year's books – and you may win the $500 "Promote Your School" college scholarship to boot! We'll come to the winning school to take pictures for use in our publications.
KHEAA will award a $500 "Promote Your School" scholarship, usable at the Kentucky college of the winner's choice, to the high school sophomore who does the best job of answering ONE of the following topics:
What my aspiration for my generation is
How education makes a stronger community
- You must be a high school junior during the 2017-2018 school year.
- You must attend a Kentucky high school whose students are eligible to earn KEES awards.
- The deadline for receiving entries is May 31, 2017.
- Essay entries must be no longer than 200 words.
(Careful: We count and disqualify!)
- At the top of your essay, put the topic you've chosen to address.
- At the bottom of your essay, put your name and the name of your school. They'll be marked out before copies are given to the judges. We don't want the judges to know what school an entry is from.
- Do not include your name, the name of your school or its mascot, city, county or community in the essay itself.
- If your essay is handwritten, please make sure it is written in ink and is legible. If we can't read it, we can't judge it!
- Do not include a Works Cited page.
- Do not include your rough draft(s).
- Poems will not be accepted as essays.
Students from schools featured in the past five years Daviess County, STEAM Academy, Somerset Christian, J. Graham Brown, and Sacred Heart Academy are not eligible to enter this year’s contest. Children of employees of KHEAA or the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) are also not eligible.
Mail your "Promote Your School" essay to:
P.O. Box 798
Frankfort, KY 40602–0798.
You can also fax it to
or email it to