Through an open doorway, I could see stacks of birdcages lining the wall in the other room. Then my eyes landed on our host, and my distraction, hunger and weariness melted away. She cheerfully invited us to sit, and we spent the next hour listening as Rami translated her story.
Noor was not a Syrian or Palestinian refugee like most of the people we had met, but a native Jordanian who had lost her left foot and ankle to a landmine as a child. Now well into her 30s, she lived alone with her birds in a tiny third-floor apartment without any prosthetic, moving around only by placing her knee on the seat of a small wooden chair that she dragged along to support herself.
My aching feet suddenly felt like a blessing, and as Rami led us in prayer with Noor, I silently thanked God for all of the abilities that He had given me, and for opening my eyes to the plight of others who were less fortunate.
She was a bright, animated and otherwise healthy Jordanian citizen, who simply had no access to health care. With the aid of even the most basic prosthetic, Noor could have lived a full, active life. Instead, she was confined to her apartment, trapped like one of her own pets with clipped wings. The church across the street had agreed to help her, but only if she was able to come to services every week, a feat that was nearly impossible for her from atop three flights of stairs.
It is Noor and the many others like her who lack access to technologically advanced health care that inspire me to pursue a career in biomedical engineering BME.
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A3 A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world. Q4 My essay is a little over words. Feel free to submit as many essays as you like. Topics to write on: The cause and effect of telling lies. Growing up in poverty and the impact it has on a person.
Original board and picture books for children aged are eligible, provided they feature contemporary African American characters and culture and focus on character development, self esteem, community, and other aspects of positive childhood development. In addition, copies of her book are distributed to approximately 1, members of the Academy of American Poets.
Deadline: Annual submission window is January 1 through May Deadlines: See individual prize pages. For example, books published between July 1, and June 30, will be eligible for the award; an entry form must be completed and submitted by no later than July 1, The contest alternates annually between fiction novel or short story collection and nonfiction memoir, essay collection, narrative nonfiction.
In , it will go to a work of nonfiction of at least 25, words; will be nonfiction. Deadline: Annually; submissions for the Prize in Nonfiction will be accepted from September 1, until March 31, Writing contests with multiple categories Some contests accept submissions in multiple categories, so you could submit a novella as well as a poem or other work.
Runners-up earn prizes in first through tenth places. Deadline: Annually; The deadline for was May 6th. Where to find more legitimate, free writing contests Looking for more opportunities to submit your work to writing contests? Here are a few great sites to keep an eye on.
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Award winners are required to submit a word biography, recent photo and a short note thanking the Woods family for their generosity and support. Her small gestures of kindness and compassion might not have changed the world. I was speechless with honor. The more time I spent with her, the more generosity I experienced and saw. In addition, copies of her book are distributed to approximately 1, members of the Academy of American Poets.
Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. Q10 Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay? Ernest J. Deadline for awards TBA.
Deadline for submissions for awards was August 31, I hope to use my future career to welcome people with disabilities into the church and to help them to have a better quality of life in whatever ways I can. Submissions must be published in the prior year so books published in are eligible for the award. The more time I spent with her, the more generosity I experienced and saw. Francis students. There is no minimum word count.
A12 Yes, we accept hand-written essays. Q3 Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest? Francis students. Works must not have been published elsewhere. Then my eyes landed on our host, and my distraction, hunger and weariness melted away. Submissions must be published in the prior year so books published in are eligible for the award.
Of the thousands of poets who must have submitted to the contest — no doubt many of them adults much wiser and more skilled than me — my poem had been chosen to be featured in an exclusive, hardcover anthology! Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked between April 1, , and August 31, Q16 I did not receive a confirmation email after submitting my essay. A2 No, participation is free of charge.
Click here for the offline entry form. Deadline: Annually in the fall most recently in August or September. We have to change attitudes that lead to violence. Submissions must be short stories or novelettes up to 17, words in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply. She seemed like your average happy middle schooler, bouncing around from the doughnuts we got at the meeting and laughing with her friends.
Q3 Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest? Simply send your finished, mistake-free essay to aussieessaycontest gmail. Submissions must be short stories or novelettes up to 17, words in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply. Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year. I experienced this loneliness when my family and I moved from Norway to the States, where I enrolled in a new school.
Q16 I did not receive a confirmation email after submitting my essay. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.