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Listen to a Life Essay Contest
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Listen to a Life Essay Contest
Listen to a Life Essay Contest
READ, LISTEN, WRITE – AND WIN!
 
When young and old come together, they can change each other's lives, their community, and even the world. Big things happen when you listen to a life – you travel time, learn from the past and collect knowledge for a better future.

The Legacy Project's 15th annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest runs to March 31, 2015. The contest is open to young people 8-18 years, with a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older (cannot be a parent). To enter, all you have to do is Read, Listen, and Write! Check out all the details below.

One Grand Prize Timeless Award winner receives a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer and a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time. 10 Legacy Award winners also receive a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time. All winners receive a framed award certificate and an autographed copy of Dream, an award-winning bestseller about hopes and dreams across a lifetime, through history, and into the future.

Listen to a Life Contest Prizes

Lenovo



The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93z All-In-One computer integrates the monitor with the central unit, resulting in a smaller PC footprint and less cable clutter. It packs the full performance of a traditional desktop into a slick 23-inch display. The ThinkCentre M93z comes with an Intel® Core processor, Windows, minimum 2 GB memory, minimum 320 GB harddrive, and a DVD-CD combo drive. Lenovo also offers a variety of other quality notebook and desktop computer systems. Special pricing is available for schools. For more info, visit www.lenovo.com/education

Expressions of Time

Expressions of Time offers a vast selection of home decor clocks,
gift and collectable clocks, Howard Miller furnishings and curio display cabinets. They also offer a wide range of home accessories, including lamps, mirrors, wall décor and accent furniture. For complete product selection, visit www.clockshoppes.com

Frame USA

Frame USA is a one-stop website that offers a wide variety of ready-made picture frames – wood, metal, plastic, shadowboxes, do-it-yourself frame kits, scrapbook frames, certificate frames, and more. For complete product selection, visit www.frameusa.com

Dream by Susan V. Bosak

Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak has won 11 national awards including an International Reading Association Children's Choice, a Teachers' Choice, and the Pinnacle Award for Best Gift Book. The Listen to a Life Contest theme of time and dreams across a lifetime is inspired by this bestseller. 15 top illustrators each offer a gorgeously illustrated page in a poetic, multilayered story about life's hopes and dreams. A great book to share in the classroom – from elementary to high school – Dream is also a popular milestone gift book for children, teens, and adults. Find out more about Dream

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Read

Listen to a Life Contest – #1 Read

To enter the Listen to a Life Contest, a young person 8-18 years old interviews an older person over 50 years (cannot be a parent; may be a grandparent, older friend, mentor, neighbor, nursing home resident, etc.) The young person then writes a 300-word essay (maximum) based on the interview.

Get ready by doing a little reading…

Check the contest rules. You can also read Why Enter?

Read past winning stories to see how to craft an appropriate essay. The judging committee isn't looking for a laundry list of dates and life facts. Rather, they're looking for an evocative, creative story that captures the essence of a person's life, or a critical moment or experience.

Finally, young and old can read and discuss the award-winning book Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes, by Susan V. Bosak. A multilayered story told by a wise old star, it's about hopes and dreams across a lifetime, in the past and into the future. We even have intergenerational activities you can do. The book sets the stage for a great interview.



Listen

Listen to a Life Contest – #2 Listen

Do your interview by listening to a grandparent/grandfriend's life story. Learn about their hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved goals and overcame obstacles, or how dreams may have changed along the way. As you're listening, focus in on a significant life experience – it may be big or small, but it has to mean something to the person being interviewed. What life advice can the older person share? The judges are looking for an evocative, creative story that captures the essence of a person's life, or a critical moment or experience.

 

To help with your interview, we have Life Interview Tips and sample Life Interview Questions (you don't have to use the questions; they're designed to give you ideas and inspiration).

WARNING: Entries MUST be based on an actual interview the young person completes in person, over the phone, or via the Internet with a living older adult. An entry cannot be based on a story the young person has been told by another person or has overheard. It must also be a true, real-life story, not creative fiction. Failure to follow these rules will result in immediate disqualification. Please read all the contest rules.




Write

Listen to a Life Contest – #3 Write

Now you're ready to write your essay – 300 words maximum. Remember, the judging committee isn't looking for the person's whole life story (which is impossible to do in 300 words), but an essay that captures a theme, moment, or experience that's important in the older person's life.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. One entry per team (i.e. young person and grandparent or grandfriend). Entries must be 300 words or less, be a true story about an older person's life, and will be judged by a committee based on the following criteria: 1/3 writing quality, including creative presentation; 1/3 content depth and evocativeness; 1/3 appropriateness to theme, particularly the ability to capture a timeless idea, insight, or theme (big or small) based on real-life experience.

You can submit your completed entry online or by mail/fax. Only receipt of online entries can be acknowledged.

Questions? Call the Legacy Project at 1-800-772-7765 or e-mail us.

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