Why I Play Essay Contest
Student writers, tell us why you play! Submit an essay that is 300 words or less on why you play a sport(s). Feel free to base the essay off your interests, motivation, benefits, memories, etc. 

 

Please complete and email this form to mknoerlein@howardcountymd.gov with “Why I Play” in the subject line. Incomplete submission forms may be disqualified for consideration at our discretion. Submissions must be received by September 23, 2018 at 11:59 EST.

Essay Contest Submission Form

Submission Rules

1. Entries must be 300 words or less.
2. Entries must promote sports participation.
3. Writers must be under the age of 18.
4. Writers may only submit one essay.
5. Email submissions to mknoerlein@howardcountymd.gov.
6. Submissions must be received by September 23, 2018 at 11:59 EST. 
7. Contestants must have a parent or legal guardian verify consent and their ability to attend the event.

Judging and Prizes

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of Howard County Recreation & Parks employees. Winners will be selected and notified by October 1, 2018. 

Winning essay writer will be announced and given an award at the 16th annual Celebration of Sports on October 16, 2018 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center. The winner will receive two free tickets to the event (a $84 value as tickets are $42 each).

Terms of Services

1. Entrant represents and warrants that the submitted entry is an original, non-published work that does not infringe the rights or intellectual property claims of any third parties. By entering the contest, contestants agree to have their essay displayed on the Internet without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks may display essay in Howard County newsletters, social posts and in future contest promotions. In the event that ownership of any essay submitted to Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is contested in any manner, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will retain the discretion to disqualify and discontinue use of the essay. 
2. In consideration of judges' review of entries, winners who enter the contest grant permission (except where prohibited by law) to use and license their essay in all media without further compensation. 
3. Essays, in whole or in part, that, in Howard County’s sole judgment, are inappropriate, are noncompliant, or are in any other respect unsuitable (at the sole discretion of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks) will not be considered.  
4. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted. 
5. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and its affiliates are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, or lost, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible content or any damage to participants' computers relating to information about or participation in the promotion. 
6. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks reserves the right to make any changes to the rules and/or to the contest at any time.

Submission Form

All entries must be received by 11:59pm on September 16, 2018

Please complete and email this form to mknoerlein@howardcountymd.gov with “Why I Play” in the subject line. Incomplete submission forms may be disqualified for consideration at our discretion.


Essay Contest Submission Form