Last week to enter FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest!

December 21, 2018

Did you submit your entry yet? There’s still time to enter FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest … but not much!

We will award $10,000 in prize scholarship money to the best essay on this topic:

Explain in 800–1000 words why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.

FIRE defends the  rights of students and faculty at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE also works to educate students and the general public on the necessity of free speech and its importance to a thriving democratic society.

If you are a high school student who also believes that these basic constitutional rights are important — especially in academia — then we encourage you to gather your thoughts together in a well-constructed essay and submit it to our contest before time runs out. This year’s contest concludes at midnight on Dec. 31, 2018, and we’ll be announcing the winners (five top winners and four runners-up) by Jan. 31, 2019. You can check out last year’s top prize winner here.

Submit your essay to FIRE before time’s up! We’re looking forward to reading your entry.