Use 5000 words to get $10k

How many times have you seen this status update?

5,000 words done and 5 hours of my life I’ll never get back!

What if you could get those hours back? We’re still waiting on that time machine, but for now call me an alchemist, because I know a way you can turn that essay into gold…

Okay, maybe not gold – but however you decide to spend your cash prize from an essay competition is your prerogative.

Let me show you what I mean.

Here are some upcoming essay competitions by subject. Find what you’re studying and just do it. Seriously, it’s 500 bucks with your name on it in a click! These contests are organized by reputable universities from across the country and around the world with loads of money to give away.

2012 Alltech Young Scientist Award

Subject: science, agriculture, veterinary science, social sciences

Prize Details: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $150.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

Culture of Enterprise Student Essay Contest

Subject: anthropology, social sciences, humanities, international development, international relations

Prize Details: 1st: $10,000 cash. 2nd: $5,000 cash. 3rd: $2,000 cash. 4th: $1,500 cash. 5th: $1,000 cash.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

So go for it! Reduce, reuse, and recycle old projects, papers, and assignments and turn them into gold. And if you win, let me know! I would love to hear from you and share your accomplishment with the crowd.


Do you want to hear more tricks on how to be a keener without trying too hard? Check back every weekday for more advice from students who have been there, done that.

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