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Student Cash Contests & Competitions

Winning some extra cash is useful at the best of times. If you're a student then most likely you'll be well aware of the need to have some cash reserves. Entering student cash contests and competitions is one great way of building up your bank balance.

Of course, most cash competitions are open to anyone and as a student you'll be eligible to enter just the same as anyone else. But there are occasional contests that come up that you must be an official student to enter.

Winning a prize is great in any circumstances, but winning a student competition could get you a lot more than just money in the bank. The recognition and achievement can be a big thing for many of us.

On this page I'll be trying to get you listings of any student cash prize contests that I come across. You'll see a list further below. If you're involved with any student organisations and have a contest you'd like to be mentioned here please feel free to mail me and send the details. My contact details are on the about page.

Before we get to the list of open competitions, it's worth taking a look at some of the videos on Youtube. They'll give you come idea of the types of contests you can find.

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Additional information about writing contests can be found at these sites:

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This contest is open to Ohio based students from age 13 to 18 and in grades 7-12. The competition gives chances to win $10k in cash prizes, with $3k going to the winner, $1500 for second place, and $500 for third.

Sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio, students are invited to write an essay, build a website, or prepare a podcast or Powerpoint presentation around specific elements of Ohio history.

Students in grades 7-9 need to build their submissions based on one of the following subjects:

1. How did Ohio’s geographic location, including its proximity to Lake Erie, shape its strategic importance to the U.S. war effort against Britain during the War of 1812?

2. What were the major causes of the formation of the British-Native American alliance in the old Northwest Territory? How important was the encroachment by U.S. farmers and pioneers upon Native American lands in the development of this alliance?

Students in grades 10-12 need to work on one of these subjects:

3. Analyze the military campaigns within Ohio during the War of 1812 or the military campaigns involving Ohio soldiers beyond the state’s borders. In either case, identify the strategic aims of the commanders of the U.S. troops and assess the reasons why their operations succeeded or failed.

4. Analyze the role of Native Americans in Ohio and contiguous states in the War of 1812 and the war’s impact on Native Americans in Ohio.

The competition has a closing date of January 31 2014 and is open to any Ohio students aged 13-18 and in grades 7-12 in public, private, charter, parochial or home school.

One of the rules is that entrants must remain anonymous, so that judging can take place from a 'blind' perspective. Judging and selection of winning entries will made based on the entrants ability to present historical events, persons and places in such away as to demonstrate theit understanding of the issues raised in the subjects, and their understanding of the wider context surrounding the events under examination.

For a complete list of rules and to enter the contest, students should visit

The State of Ohio War of 1812 $10000 Contest


University Of Maine  ‘Rivers, Lands and Forests’ Writing Contest

The University of Maine is running a writing contest which invites members of the faculty to submit entries of up to 600 words. The target is to write in prose or poetry to illustrate reflections or memories of the title theme. UMFK students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members may enter submissions, the only restriction being if you have won before.

Deadline for entries is January 6th 2014

Three winning entries will be included in the 2013-14 Presidential Lecture Series Potato Chips ChapBook. The best entry will also be recognized with the annual Ourson Literary Award of $50.

For more info visit the website