The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2014

We are pleased to announce The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2014.  This annual competition challenges college students to submit essays on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s world.  Since 1989, The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics has encouraged students to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and develop rational arguments for ethical action.  This opportunity is open to full-time juniors and seniors.  Awards are granted up to $5,000.  The deadline for the contest is December 2, 2013 by 5pm PST.  A distinguished panel of readers will evaluate all entries.  A jury, headed by Elie Wiesel, will choose the winners.

Students entering the contest are required to partner with a Faculty Sponsor.  Any interested professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor to verify the quality and the authenticity of the student’s essay.  Once registered by the student, the Faculty Sponsor will electronically verify the student’s work.  For examples of previous essays, please see our book An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century, a collection of outstanding prize-winning essays from the first two decades of this contest, published by Yale University Press.

This year, submissions will be accepted online.  Students will create an account and electronically submit their application, complete with the essay, required entry information, and a portal for faculty and enrollment verification.  All winners will be announced in the spring of 2014.  More information can be found at  For questions please contact Chelsea Friedman at (212) 490-7788.

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