The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues, and present rational arguments for ethical action.
Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality.
The foundation’s Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 to encourage college students to explore ethical dimensions of their education. Since then, thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation have participated. Through their writing, they explored their concerns and beliefs, their fears and their hopes.
The essay should range from 3,000 to 4,000 words and be thoroughly thought-out, tightly focused, original, and imaginative. It should exemplify an eloquent writing style and a clear expression of a position that genuinely grapples with an ethical dilemma. Prizes offered range from first prize of $5,000 to an honorable mention of $500.
All submissions to the essay contest are judged anonymously. A distinguished committee reviews the essays and a jury that includes Elie Wiesel chooses the winners. Please note that no manuscripts will be returned, and essays may not be submitted elsewhere until the awards have been announced. Winning essays become the property of The Elie Wiesel Foundation and may not be reproduced elsewhere without written permission.
December 2014 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity