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What You're Missing

YOU'RE MISSING SOMETHING. No, you remembered a title; there's a series of sentences on the page; on the outside, your story seems to have everything it needs. But on the inside, it's sorely lacking. It's almost like you're sending a human out into the world missing a liver and a pancreas. It's not going to get far. Make sure your story isn't missing any of these absolutely crucial elements. (Read more »)

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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students

It takes courage to stand up for your beliefs. Some elected officials risk their careers to do right by their community and country. In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy described eight U.S. elected officials who demonstrated political courage. Here's your chance to write a new profile in courage. Write a 1,000 word essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. First-place winner receives $10,000. Contest deadline: January 6, 2016.


2015 first place-winner Matthew Waltman and the subject of his essay, former mayor of Greeley, Colorado Tom Selders, at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here to read the winning essay.

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