FIRE’s Freedom in Academia Essay Contest Deadline Is Approaching

December 22, 2014

Less than two weeks are left until the deadline to enter FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest, with opportunities to win up to a $10,000 college scholarship!

To enter, high school juniors and seniors should watch two FIRE videos—“Silencing U: Five Outrageous Cases of Campus Censorship” and “What Every Student Should Know Before Starting College”—and write an essay answering the question: “Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities?”

Essays are due January 1, 2014.

One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.

To view the full contest rules and entry form, visit You can also email with any questions, but don’t submit your essay there!

We look forward to your entry!