Annual Essay Contest

A program of the Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky | Email address for essay submission

Essay Contest Winners 2017

Sisters who both were winners in the 2017 contests.

We're looking forward to the 2021 essay submissions!


  • Eligibility: All Kentucky high school and home-schooled students, 9th–12th grades
  • Essay shall be between 750-1000 words, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. type.
  • Pro-life essays shall be submitted on topic scope: abortion, assisted suicide/ euthanasia, destructive embryonic human life research or the intrinsic value of human life.
  • Upload a .doc, .docx or .pdf document (We prefer no .page files) Form not yet online for file upload.
  • Do NOT identify your name on your essay. All entrants are assigned numbers to assure anonymity as judges evaluate entries.
  • Two Divisions: 9th–10th grades; 11th–12th grades.
  • Please retain a copy of your essay.
  • Essays shall be submitted no later than [DATE TBA]. EMAIL your essay to:
  • Essays shall be judged based on:
    • content - 25 points
    • quality of arguments - 25 points
    • grammar and spelling - 25 points
    • creativity of approach - 25 points
  • Prizes: $250 first prize, $150 second prize, $100 third prize (in each division)

Awarding of Prizes

  • The three highest scores from each division will be determined to be the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
  • Essay winners will be notified by mail. Winners from each division will be published on the KRLA website.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Essay Contest!

How encouraging to read the thoughts and the facts researched carefully by these students. Our pro-life future looks very bright when we see this knowledge and passion.THANK YOU to each student who submitted an essay.

Senior/Junior Division

Sophomore/Freshman Division

Essay Contest Winners 2020

Some of the 2020 winners