Jan 03

The Calvin 2018



What speech would you give as President to advance Civil Rights? Let your voice be heard.

The 2018 Calvin Writing Prize
Open to Vermont students age 13-19
800 words or less
First place: $1,500; Second place: $500
Deadline: May 11, 2018 
Submit to: https://coolidgefoundation.org/events/2018-calvin-writing-prize-deadline/​

The Prompt: Imagine that you are President of the United States. Pick one issue today where you believe America's founding principles guaranteeing equal rights for all citizens are not being fully realized. Write a speech you would deliver as president urging Americans to correct the injustice. Presidents are often inspired and informed by the ideals and accomplishments of previous chief executives. In your speech, you must use examples from President Calvin Coolidge's life and beliefs as evident from his speeches and actions. Click here to upload your submission and access research materials.


More details
  • To be eligible to compete, the contestant must be a current resident of the state of Vermont or attend school in Vermont, and be between 13 and 19 years old on May 11, 2018.
  • The submitting author may have a teacher or mentor provide feedback on a draft, but the submission must reflect the author’s own original thinking and writing.
  • The first-place prize of $1,500 and the runner-up prize of $500 are awarded for submissions that best address the prompt. Winners will be invited to attend and be honored at the Coolidge Foundation’s annual summer gala in Plymouth Notch, VT in July 2018.
Event Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018