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Elie Wiesel Prize Contest

Ethics Competitions

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2017

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition that is designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought provoking, personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.


First Prize - $5,000
Second Prize - $2,500
Third Prize - $1,000
Two Honorable Mentions - $500 each

Full-time undergraduate Juniors and Seniors at accredited colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the 2017 Essay Contest. The essay should be 3,000 to 4,000 words, and developed from any point of view - it may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological. Suggested essay topic:

  • Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Deadline for submission is December 19, 2016 by 5pm PST.

For questions or additional information, contact the Ethics Institute.

  1. Online entry form for the Elie Wiesel Essay Contest and Guidelines

Last Updated: 12/13/16