AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest


And the winners of the AskPetersen Scholarship are:

The first place: Annie R. Remington, United States, “Are we too dependent on computers

The second place: Flynn Honey, Australia, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years

The third place: Haitam Brekelmans, Netherlands, “To what writer would you award a prize

I founded with a single goal in mind: to share my essay writing services reviews, help students solve academic writing troubles, start writing better essays. It’s time to check if I made any progress with that, so I invite all readers of my website to take part in a challenging writing contest. It will be fun!

You’ll get a chance to get your essay published and earn a valuable prize that will motivate you to become an even better writer. Freedom of speech is the main motto of this contest, so you can express any opinions related to the topic you choose!



Let’s start with the most important thing: the best three participants will receive awesome prizes!

First Place: $200

Second Place: $100

Third Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Follow These Guidelines to Participate!

Okay, it’s time to get into details. Pay attention to these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to entering the contest!

  • Topics

I picked some interesting topics that will awaken your critical thinking mode. Each participant can choose only one of these topics and provide only one submission. Please, don’t alternate the title you choose!

  1. Should Video Games Be Considered a Sport?
  2. What Role Will Robots Play in Our Future?
  3. Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face Learning?
  4. Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?
  5. To What Writer Would You Award a Prize?
  6. Should Society Support Artists and Others Pursuing Creative Works?
  7. Are We Too Dependent on Computers?
  • Wordcount

The essays should be from 500 to 1000 words long.

  • Language

Please, write your essay in English. The contest is open to participants from all countries, but the papers should be written in English. Good grammar does matter!

  • Plagiarism-Free Policy

Your paper must be free of plagiarism. All entries will be checked for uniqueness with a robust plagiarism detection engine. If any signs of plagiarism are revealed, your submission will be disqualified from the contest and all that effort will go to vain.

Make sure to include a list of references for all sources you used to support your arguments!

  • Essay Submission Dates

An essay wouldn’t be an essay without a deadline, right? Don’t worry; you have loads of time to work on your entry. I will accept submissions from February 10, 2016 till June 1, 2016.

The results will be announced at on June 7, 2016, and the winners will be notified via email.

  • Who Can Participate?

Everyone! If you think you can write a great essay on any of the topics provided for this contest, feel free to submit an entry! This contest is international and it’s not limited by age.

  • How to Enter The Contest?

Write your essay and send it as an attached document via contact form below. The subject line of your message should be “AskPetersen Scholarship: YOUR TOPIC” (you name your chosen topic). Please, write your name in the body of this message.

  • Judging

Now you must be wondering: “who will judge this contest?”. Julie Petersen, yours truly, will evaluate the essays, choose the winners, and publish the papers on the AskPetersen blog. I have a solid base of experience in writing and reading essays, as well as in teaching writing classes and working as a private tutor.

By entering AskPetersen essay writing contest you automatically accept the terms and conditions of participation stated on this page and agree to judge’s final decision.


Can you write a brilliant essay that will impress me? I’m sure you can!

Go through the guidelines once again and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer. Don’t forget about the deadline and good luck to you all!

Submit your essay here:

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54 thoughts on “AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest

  1. Hello. I like to write essays, but there is a one problem – I study at russian training group and my essays all in russian. I can write an essay in russian first of all, and after that translate the essay into English. But my translation is not so brilliant! Can I write the essay without cool translation in English but perhaps with a good meaning? Hopefully, Shokhrukh.

    1. Shokhrukh, thanks for your questions. Due to the contest requirements you need to write an essay in English. English writing skills is one of the criteria I’m going to use to determine the winner.

  2. Hello Julie, thanks for the brilliant opportunity for those willing to enhance essay writing skills! Will do my best to produce an outstanding work! Best of luck, everyone!

  3. Hi, I’m curious about what “Don’t alternate the title” means? Does it mean I have to use the topic as the title of my essay? Thank you 🙂

  4. Please sir, I am a student from Nigeria. I feel the urge to ask about my eligible to apply for the competition. The idea behind the fear was because it seems, perhaps I could be wrong, that I am about the only Nigerian seeing this opportunity. I am very eager to participate but your reply I await.

  5. Hi,

    I stumbled upon this recently and God knows that I need one of these challenges to boost my writing skills. I was wondering whether our submitted essays could get a feedback from you. This wlll help me know what areas I need to work on.

    Kind regards.

    1. Stella, unfortunately I won’t be able to provide each participant with personal feedback. But after the contest I will determine the most common essay mistakes participants make and write a guide on how to avoid these mistakes. Hope that it will be helpful for you!

  6. Great. I will be part of this competition. It is an opportunity to test our writing competence, and improve it. Thanks Julie.

  7. Hello Julie,

    I would like to participate in this Contest and I have the following question that i failed to find the answer to :
    In what format the essay should be submitted ? Is PDF format OK ?

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

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