1st Annual Youth Writing Contest: Submissions Closed

Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 1st  History Writing Contest

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, in partnership with Paper Boat Booksellers, is pleased to announce our first history essay contest for students

As a reminder, the theme of our competition is: WOMEN HISTORY MAKERS OF THE DUWAMISH PENINSULA.  Students should submit an essay that explores the contributions of a specific woman from the Duwamish Peninsula who has made an historical impact on the community, past or present, famous or not-yet-famous. Essays will be accepted in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Winners will be selected in each grade category outlined below:

  • Grades: 3 – 5: 250 words maximum
  • Grades: 6 — 8: 500 words maximum
  • Grades: 9 – 12: 750 words maximum

Essays will be judged by a panel of SWSHS staff, volunteers, and community partners based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the woman as a person and the role she has played or is playing in the history of the Duwamish Peninsula
  • Effective use of descriptive language. 
  • Correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar 
  • For grades 6 and up, appropriate citations in any reference style. 

Students should include a cover sheet that outlines: the title of the essay, student’s name, grade level, and an email address or telephone number where the student can be notified of the contest results. 

Submissions are now closed.

The winner in the high school category will receive a $125 cash prize and the winner in middle school category will receive a $75 cash prize. Winners in all categories will receive a special certificate and gift from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Paper Boat Booksellers.  Winning essays will also be published on the Historical Society’s website and The West Seattle Blog. Best of all, winners will be honored at a special digital event hosted by the Historical Society!

Special thanks to our partners at Paper Boat Booksellers and the West Seattle Blog for their support of this program:


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