Enter the Gaspee Days Essay Contest

This Year's Question

The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 American colonists in 1776. Choose one of the signers and explain why he signed the Declaration of Independence.

Where to Send It

Gaspee Days Committee
Attn: Essay Contest Chair
PO Box 1772, Pilgrim Station
Warwick, RI 02888

Deadline to Enter

Entries should be received no later than Friday May 17, 2019.

Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

  1. The Gaspee Days Committee is the sponsor, administrator, and judge for the contest.
  2. Only Rhode Island Junior High and Middle School students in the 8th grade are eligible to enter. Only one entry is allowed per student.
  3. Students' names, schools, home addresses, phone numbers, and teacher’s names must be provided on a cover sheet of the essay.
  4. Essays must be typed and double-spaced with 12-point font and one-inch (1") margins on standard letter-size paper.
  5. Essays must total between 500-700 words. Footnotes and bibliography are required but not factored into the required word-count.
  6. Entries will be judged for historical accuracy and quality of content. Great attention will be placed on unique angles and novel ideas in presenting the Gaspee Affair.
  7. Once submitted, essays become property of The Gaspee Days Committee and will not be returned.
  8. There will be one first-place winner of $150, one second-place winner of $125, and one third-place winner of $100. Winners will be notified at the end of May. All three winning students will be invited to participate in the annual Gaspee Days Parade. Students must be present at the parade in order to receive their prize money.
  9. Winning essays will be published online at Gaspee.com for one year or until the next year's winning essays are posted. In entering the Gaspee Days Contest, permission by the author and his/her parent(s) is specifically granted for this web publishing.
  10. The decision of the judges is final and selection of winners is at the sole discretion of the Essay Committee.
  11. Plagiarism will not be acceptable. All essays must be the original work of the student. All judges are knowledgeable about the presently available sources presenting Gaspee Affair both in print and on the Internet. This is not meant to discourage the full use of the Gaspee Virtual Archives as a source for information in creating the entry. This website is publicly available at Gaspee.org.