2005-2006 CONTEST RULES
This contest is open to all students who are
The contest is for an original researched and proven topic
written in English. The topic of the essay shall deal with: an event, person,
philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration
of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Students
must source at least five (5) references with the minimum of 3 being book
sources. References from Encyclopedias or Internet sites will be
accepted, but are not considered as part of the three source references.
The use of all electronic sources will cause the essay to be disqualified.
The essay shall have four parts: a) title page, b) essay, c)
bibliography (works cited), and d) contestant's biography. The bibliography
and contestant's biography shall be listed on separate pages.
4. The essay shall be typed double-spaced on white bond paper using a computer, word processor, or typewriter and stapled. No bindings or special covers are needed. Graphics are not permitted. The original copy of the essay must be submitted. Poor quality copies will not be accepted.
5. The essay shall be documented in accordance with the Modern Language Association publication, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or Turabain's, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
6. Entries must be postmarked prior to Friday 7, January 2006 [except where otherwise shown for your Chapter/State].
7. The essay will be judged on the following criteria:
A. Historical accuracy
B. Clarity of thought
C. Organization and proven topic
D. Grammar and spelling
National Society: First
place: $3,000; a winning recognition certificate; airfare and one night hotel for two at the SAR 116th Annual
9 The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in The SAR Magazine. Participants in this contest agree that their essay may be published in The SAR Magazine and on the Knight Essay Contest Web Page.
Participants in this contest agree that the interpretation of rules
and decisions of the NSSAR and its judges shall govern without reservation.
11 Winning essay participants, on all levels, must supply a social security number or alien identification/green card number in order to receive the award.
Richard C. Saunders, Jr., Chairman
SAR – Knight Essay Contest
Jonathan Goebel, President