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Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy®

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TEXAS DIVISION UDC®
7TH AND 8TH GRADE ESSAY CONTEST

Guidelines have changed. Check guidelines below.

In either of these essay topics, the student is writing as an observer or a participant.

My Life after the War Between the States
You are male or female, young or old, veteran or not but the war is over and your South lost. How has your life changed? Consider in what part of Texas you live, country or city. You may be creative but you must be historically accurate.

My Days in West Texas During the War
(You may change the location to North Texas or South Texas but choose an area that did not see much of the fighting with the Union) All of Texas was affected by the War Between the States but not all directly. Some areas were some distance from the fighting with the Union but had their own difficulties. Consider that you live in one of these areas and share how the war is affecting you and your family. This does require some creativity but be careful that you stay historically correct.


The deadline for essays is Received by April 15, 2016

For more information contact
Sue B. Hardy
362 Hawthorne Rd.
New Waverly, TX 77358-3838
suebhardy2@gmail.com




    The guidelines have changed because of suggestions by members, questions about requirements, and incorrect submissions of essays. Failure to follow guidelines may result in the essay not being judged. If the essay is received with ample time for me to contact the sponsoring chapter for the error to be corrected by the deadline, I will contact that chapter.


    Guidelines for Students
    General Information
    • All essays are to be 600-850 words. (please place word count at end of composition).
    • Dates (February 23, 2016) and names (Robert E. Lee) shall be counted as one word.
    • Items not counted are: title, coversheet information and bibliographical references.
    • The original and four (4) copies (that is a total of 5) of your entry must be sent to the sponsoring chapter to be submitted to the Division 2nd Vice President. We have a committee who scores these and each member needs a copy.

    Typed essays are to be:
    • Double-spaced on 8½" by 11" paper.
    • Use “Times New Roman” font size 12.
    • Pages are to be numbered at the top, center beginning with the first page of the essay itself.
    • There are no specifics on margins.
    • Essays must be submitted in English.

    Handwritten essays are to be:
    • Double-spaced on 8½" by 11" paper.
    • Essays must be submitted in English.
    • Writing must be legible.

    References: A minimum of three (3) references are required.
    • Only one (1) may be an Internet reference.
    • Online textbooks are acceptable, and are not counted as an Internet reference.
    • Wikipedia is not an acceptable Internet source.
    • Bibliography and references should be on a separate piece of paper, and placed at the end of the submission.

    Bibliography Format:
    • Books: Author last name, first name; Title of Book, Publisher, City of Publication, Date. Please note pages where information is located.
    • Internet: Author last name, first name; “Title of Article”, web page address.
    • Other: Author or editor name, Title. Source, Location of Source.


    Cover Pages
    First Cover Page should have the following, centered:
    • Essay Title.
    • Name of student and whether Seventh or Eighth grade.

    Second Cover Page should have the following:
    • Essay title, centered.
    • The following information should be near the bottom of the page, left hand side: Name of Submitting Chapter and number, The United Daughters of the Confederacy®, Texas Division, chapter contact person, and contact information.

    Prizes are awarded for first, second and third places in each grade.
    Submit the original and four (4) copies (total of 5) to the chapter sponsoring the essays.

    Instructions for Chapter Second Vice Presidents
  1. Please check that the Original AND 4 copies (total of FIVE) for each entry is in the packet before submitting to Division Second Vice President.
  2. All paperwork must be received by April 15th.
  3. Please include a letter with your chapter name and number, your name and contact information, and a list of the students (by grade) for whom you are submitting essays.

Awards (For each grade)
First place - $30.00
Second Place - $25.00
Third Place - $20.00


Thank each of you for your time and effort in working with essays and scholarships. You are much appreciated.

Questions may be directed to Sue Hardy at the address above, or by email at suebhardy2@gmail.com



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