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NHWP Greg Grappone Memorial Student Essay Contest

Announcing The New Hampshire Writers’ Project  Greg Grappone Memorial Student Essay Contest

Grand Prize $500                              Second Prize $250                     Third Prize $100

Purpose: To engage New Hampshire high school and college students to contemplate complex contemporary issues in order promote civil discourse through the transformative power of the written word.

Procedure: On or before March 1, 2017 Students are invited to submit a 500-word essay to in response to the following:

Write a letter to one specific person from a past, current or future generation about the impact humans are having on the natural world that your generation is either inheriting from them or passing on to them.

Judges will be looking for a powerful, original voice, a compelling story, and a cohesive narrative.  Essays must be limited to 500 words (not including the title), double-spaced, and in a twelve-point Times New Roman font. PLEASE WRITE “STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST”, THE STUDENT’S NAME AND THE SCHOOL NAME IN THE SUBJECT HEADING

Prizes: $500 Grand Prize will be awarded to the first place winners in both the high school and college division. The second and third place winners in both divisions will be awarded $250 and $100, respectively. Additionally, all finalists from both divisions will win a one-year membership to The New Hampshire Writers’ Project and a full scholarship to New Hampshire Writers’ Day, April 1, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire University.


January 21, 2017 (Martin Luther King’s Day): Essay Question Announced

March 1, 2017: Nominations Deadline: essays must be submitted by midnight, March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017: NHWP announces three high school and three college finalists. Essays from all finalists will be read by an independent panel of nationally renown writers, editors, and/ or publishers. All finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony to be held during the Writers' Day at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements: Students must be permanent residents of New Hampshire, or must have been enrolled in a New Hampshire high school or college between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 or be a permanent resident of New Hampshire enrolled in an out-of state school any time between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017

About Greg…

Greg Graponne graduated Bow High School in 1998 and earned his BA degree in Great Books at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. He married Amy Augustine in 2011. Their daughter Briar was born in 2012 in Concord. He called himself a wannabe futurist and was excited to see how science and technology would get humankind out of its current predicaments. His moral compass and wisdom were beyond his years from an early age; he always did the right thing and never spoke before thinking deeply about how it would affect people. Greg cared deeply about cultural and social issues, politics and the environment. He constantly scouted for new music, movies, books and television. He was kind, humble and just plain cool. Like his mom, he loved nothing more than entertaining and cooking for friends and family. He worked for years to perfect his pizza dough recipe. Like his dad, he enjoyed philosophical discussions. In the last year of Greg’s life, he and his father emailed each other daily with reflections on Tolstoy's A Calendar of Wisdom.