AMA Invites Entries to its 2005 Youth Essay Contest

Newark, CA: The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) Youth Think Tank invites entries to its 2005 Youth Essay Contest. The theme of the contest is: “American Muslim community, its challenges, opportunities, rights and responsibilities in the United States”. This contest aims at promoting awareness of public affairs in the Muslim youth and developing their communication skills.
The contest is open to all junior high, high school and college level Muslim students as detailed below. Home school student are encouraged to participate. The essay must be an original work of the contestant and must be focused on American Muslims. Topics may include any and all – social, cultural, moral, religious, political, economic, intellectual, organizational, and demographic - aspects of Muslim life in America.
Entries will be judged for knowledge of the subject theme, theoretical sophistication of analysis, solution-oriented approach, evidence of a serious research effort, and clarity of presentation.
Two winners will be chosen in each of the following categories: Junior High Students, High School Students and University or College Undergraduate Students. The format of submitted essays for each category should follow these guidelines: Junior High: 700-800 words, High School: 850-1000 words, and College Students: 1250-1400 words
Each contestant may submit only one essay and each essay will be reviewed only in one category in accordance with the student’s stated academic standing. However, students are free to submit their entries in a higher category if they wish.
Entries must include: full name; mailing address; telephone number including the area code; email; academic standing as well as name and address of the educational institution where currently enrolled.
Essays must be received in the AMA Youth Think Tank office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2005. Results of the contest will be announced via e-mail and AMA website ( on Jan 2, 2006.
Essays can be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail. Essays can be mailed to: AMA Youth Think Tank, 39675 Cedar Blvd, Suite 220-E, Newark, CA. 94560. Alternately they may be faxed to: (510) 252 – 9858 or e-mailed to:
The contest awards will be: Junior High School - First prize - $100, Second prize - $75; High School - First prize - $150, Second prize - $125; and University and College Undergraduate Students - First prize - $200, Second prize - $150. All winners will receive printed certificates which can be received, at contestant’s discretion, in person at the next AMA Youth Think Tank meeting after the awards are announced or by mail. Winning essays will be posted on several AMA websites. Submission of an essay in this contest constitutes a permission to publish it, if judged as a publishable essay.
For further information contact AMA Youth Think Tank at:
Ph: (510) 252 – 9858; Fax: (510) 252 -9863 or E-mail:



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