Phi Beta Kappa Association of Wake County Writing Contest

Announcement: There will not be a Writing Contest for 2020. Thank you for your interest.


Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

Junior and Senior High School Students in Wake County -- it's time for the Phi Beta Kappa annual writing contest.

We are proud to recognize the terrific work you are pursuing in English and Language Arts with separate cash prizes for juniors and seniors at our annual spring Awards Ceremony. The 2019 Final Judge and Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Zelda Lockhart.

Prizes for 2019 are $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for honorable mention.

Winners of the Student Essay Contest for Juniors and Seniors pose with Final Judge Dr. Rebecca Duncan and contest co-chairs.

Eligibility: Junior or senior in public or private Wake County high schools or home schooled in Wake County.

Type of Submission: The composition must be part of the regular work of an English/Literature/Language Arts class and represent a literary analysis that is a close reading and interpretation of at least one work of literature. This work may be a fiction or non-fiction work of literary merit. Comparative analyses that include a close reading and interpretation are welcome. The use of secondary sources with appropriate citations is encouraged but not required.

  • Entries must be typed and double-spaced; pages must be numbered.
  • The title of the essay should be at the top of the first page.
  • If present, secondary critical and biographical sources as well as quotations must be correctly documented using Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines.
  • The essay should be carefully proofread and any teacher's marks or comments must be removed. Students may improve their previously graded work to address teacher comments but the revisions should be the students' own.
  • The student's name must not be on any page of the essay, the headers of the document, or in the file name of the uploaded essay.
  • The submission form will request the title of the essay, the student's name, the grade level, the teacher's name, a contact number or email at which the teacher can be reached (this can be the school's general phone number), and the school's name, physical address, and telephone number.

Number of Entries: Only one (1) entry from a student should be submitted. No essay should be submitted without the student's permission.

Submissions for the 2018-2019 contest open Monday, December 3, 2018 and submissions are due by midnight EST on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Kristine Alpi,

Announcement: There will not be a Writing Contest for 2020. Thank you for your interest in the writing contest.