Common Cause Hawaii :: Essay and Video Contest 

 

"How Do We Get Big Money Out of Politics?" Essay & Video Contest

Co-Sponsored by Common Cause Hawaii, Kanu Hawaii, and League of Women Voters of Hawaii

 

We're looking for young writers and filmmakers to answer this very important question: How do we get big money out of politics?

 

Enter our contest, win prizes, and get published!

 

Who's eligible:  Hawaii residents, ages 14 to 25 (as of November 26, 2012)

 

What to do:  Create an original essay (500-800 words) or original video (3 minutes max) addressing this topic:

 

"How do we get big money out of politics?"

Money has always played a big role in politics, and in 2012 campaign spending is skyrocketing and all records are being shattered. Political candidates are raising huge sums to fund their campaigns. Due to recent court decisions, corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals are now spending unlimited amounts to influence voters. Much of this campaign-related money is not fully disclosed, so voters do not know who is funding all this campaign spending. How do we get big money out of politics?

 

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize - Essay: $500.
  • Grand Prize - Video: $500.
  • Honorable mention - Essay, Ages 14-18: $100.
  • Honorable mention - Essay, Ages 19-25: $100.
  • Honorable mention - Video, Ages 14-18: $100.
  • Honorable mention - Video, Ages 19-25: $100.
  • Also, winners will be published on Civil Beat news website!

 

Deadline: Materials must be postmarked by Monday, November 26, 2012.

 

How to enter:

  • Essay: Submit your essay via email, and mail in your completed entry form and a copy of your essay.
  • Video: Upload your video to YouTube, send your URL to us via email, and mail in your completed entry form and release forms.
  • See official rules for more details.

   

Judging: Contest sponsors will select a panel of judges from the community. Essays and videos will be judged based on content, organization, style, and creativity.

 

Please download and read the following documents before you begin:

 

Sponsors: This contest is co-sponsored by Common Cause Hawaii, Kanu Hawaii, and League of Women Voters of Hawaii. Prizes are partially funded by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

 

Questions? Contact us at getbigmoneyout (at) gmail (dot) com or (808) 275-6522.


Mahalo and good luck with your entry!