Submit Your Essay

When you're done writing just come back here to submit your essay! Be sure to review the rules listed below to be sure your essay meets our standards before submitting and you're all set! Please check to be sure you receive a confirmation email as this will let you know we have received your essay.

Please be sure that your essay

  • Contains no identifying information (Name, School, Professor, Etc.)
  • Is either in DOC or PDF format
  • Is between 1,500 and 5,500 words
  • Contains a works cited page or other references

When you submit your essay we will assign it a code to ensure that it is read anonymously and fairly. We cannot divulge too many details about our judging process, but can say that in the three week judging period roughly a dozen judges participate in the process of selecting the top essays. At the end of that period we will notify the winners!

If you are having difficulty uploading your essay, please email it as an attachment to the Society here. Include your name, school, professor and contact information in the body of your email.

The David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship is generously supported by Gloria & Barry Garfinkel in memory of their son David. Their support has enabled the Society to offer this contest since 2008.

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