National Conscience Month January 2021

$1,500 in Scholarships will be Awarded to Local High School Students

Contest Theme

Think of a time in your life, or create an imagined story, when you allowed (or chose not to allow) your conscience to guide your thoughts, words and actions. What were the benefits or consequences? Contest entrants will describe or express such a circumstance through an artistic creation.

Contest Medium

Entries will be accepted, and winners will be selected, across three unique forms of expression. All High School aged students are encouraged to submit an entry (one per student) in any of the following categories:

1) Creative Writing (an essay of 1,000 words or less)

2) Visual Art (any two-dimensional work of art no larger than 30” x 40”, i.e. a painting, drawing, etc.)

3) A Video (any original video creation or animation totaling five minutes or less)

Contest Judges

Entries will be reviewed and a winner from each category will be selected by a panel of judges from The American Meditation Institute, The New York State Writer’s Institute, as well as representatives from well-known arts organizations located in New York’s Capital Region.

Submission Instructions

No membership or purchase of any kind is required to take part in the National Conscience Month Contest. Across all three mediums, submissions should be sent by email to Creative writing submissions should be sent as a PDF attachment or through a link to an online blogging platform (i.e. Medium, etc.). Musical and Video submissions may be sent via any file-sharing program (i.e. Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) as either .mp3, .wav, .mp4 or .mov files. For visual art submissions, please email photographs in either jpeg, png or pdf format. Submissions must be received no later than Friday, January 15, 2021. Contest winners will be notified by email. Submissions may be featured by the American Meditation Institute either online or in print in connection with National Conscience Month programming and promotions, and the right to reproduce submissions is reserved by AMI and its sponsors.

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Let your conscience be your guide in thought, word and deed!