High School Essay Contest
The PLATO High School Essay Contest awards will be given to the best philosophical essays written by high school students, in response to the year’s contest essay question.
See below for our 2016-2017 Essay Contest Winners and read their essays!
The 2017 PLATO High School Essay Contest Question is:
How do we define art or determine what things count as art objects?
All high school students in the U.S. are eligible to enter.
The papers are read and judged by a panel of high school philosophy teachers and philosophy professors.
January 31, 2017
- First place – $250
- Second place – $150
- Third place – $100
All winning essays are published in PLATO’s journal
Questions: Philosophy for Young People.
The first page of the entry should be a cover page that includes a one-paragraph bio, your name, contact information (phone and email), grade and school. The essay should begin on page 2 (please make sure your name is not listed on the pages containing the essay). Your essay should be saved as a word document (.doc or .docx file format)
2,000 words maximum
Please submit the essay after filling out your details in the form below as either a .doc or .docx file.
2017 High School Essay Contest Directions (CONTEST CLOSED)
Question: How do we define art or determine what things count as art objects?
All winning essays will be published in Questions: Philosophy for Young People, PLATO’s official journal
For more information or questions about the PLATO High School Essay Contest, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past PLATO High School Essay Contest Winners
2016-2017 PLATO ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities
“Art is more than Beauty, it’s a Whetstone”
Williamsville High School
“Defining a Masterpiece”
Richard Montgomery High School
“The Anatomy of Artistic Experience”
Read the winning essays
2015-16 PLATO ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Boston College High School
“Hidden Animals and Ethical Considerations”
Convent of the Sacred Heart
“Suffering Unites All”
Conestoga High School
“Animals: Subordinates or Equals?”
2014-15 PLATO ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Noble and Greenough School
“Aristotle’s Theory of Friendship Tested”
Academy of Notre Dame du Namur
“In the Place Beyond Utility and Pleasure”
Radnor High School
“So Tyler, Did Jamie Cheat?”
2013-14 PLATO ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Oak Park and River Forest High School
Oak Park, IL
Valley Christian High School
San Jose, CA
“Freedom in Degrees”
The Stony Brook School
Stony Brook, NY
“Libertarian Free Will Through Agent Causation”