Writing Contest

The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing is seeking essays on accomplished women. 


Choose a living or deceased Jewish-American woman and write about her legacy in any field such as law, medicine, sports, politics, entertainment, and more. Why are her accomplishments meaningful to you?

Prize: $500 and Inscribed Alexander Award medal 

Essays not exceeding 500 words should be emailed by May 29, 2017 to freshinkforteens@jewishweek.org. All entries must include the name of the high school and the grade of the entrant.

Consideration will be given to originality, creativity and writing style.

The annual contest is sponsored by Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT), the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group. The contest is part of the Jewish American Heritage Month celebration in May.

The winning essay will be published on the websites of the sponsors and made available to Jewish high school newspapers that are members of the Jewish Scholastic Press Association, a supporting group of the Alexander Award.

The essays will be judged by representatives of The Jewish Week, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and the Jewish Scholastic Press Association.

* There is a limit of one entry per student.

* Winners will be notified by email.

* Staff, board members and families of The Jewish Week Media Group are not eligible.

Fresh Ink for Teens is made possible through the generosity of the Norman E. Alexander Family Foundation fund. Mr. Alexander, a businessman, philanthropist and a founder of The Jewish Week, had a special interest in educating and inspiring young people.
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has honored more than 45 individuals in all fields since its founding in 1969. Students can select from these subjects or choose an inspiring woman of their own.  

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