Essay Contest FAQ

Competition Details

Our contest is open to all 7th and 8th graders in the United States.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will win $500, $300, and $100, respectively.
Top 20 places will get a free copy of iLearnWorld’s The Road To Yale book
Top 80 will get invited to an online webinar with Yale undergraduate speakers.

We can either reward the money through Paypal or by mailing a check.

The essays are to be uploaded by March 8th, 2020, 11:59pm EST.

Competition results will be released on April 12th, 2020.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of essays and our limited number of readers, we are unable to offer feedback on your essay. Thanks for understanding.

Essay Requirements

Be sure to answer all parts of the prompt and tell a story. For more information, see our Essay Contest Rubric here.

Essays should be double spaced, size 12, Times New Roman font.

Your essay should not exceed 650 words. Essays over the word count may affect your score.

Yes, please title your essay.

No, your title does not count towards your word count.

If you cite sources, please use MLA format and include a works cited page. This will not count towards your word count.

Essay Submission

You can submit your essay online on the submission tab of our website.

You can also optionally email it to us at

Essays are judged by current Yale students. You can download and view the rubric here.

Essays may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document in the following format:
Student’sinitials_Titleofessay.docx. Ex. KZ_Tennis:MoreThanASport.docx

No revisions are accepted, so be sure to revise your essay before submission.

You may only submit one essay per student.

No, this contest is totally free for all students.


Plagiarism is unacceptable and will result in disqualification.

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