We believe that informed civil discourse has an essential and relevant role in a democratic society. We invite you, our NOVA students, to write a 600 – 800 word essay, in a cogent and persuasive manner, suggesting how you would increase informed civil discourse in our society. You may address specific current critical and/or controversial topics, at local, regional, state, or national levels. Be creative and dream big. Tell us how you would re-invent our social structures and processes to promote thoughtful, informed, and respectful discussion of issues. The essays will be judged by a NOVA faculty panel. Up to five essays will be selected for prizes of $100 each, and will be published on the Essays page of this site.
- You must be registered for 6 or more credits at NOVA during the Spring 2017 semester
- You must have completed 6 or more credits at NOVA during the Fall 2016 semester
- You must be in good academic standing at NOVA
Promoting Informed Civil Discourse in a Democratic Society
- 600 – 800 word essay
- Word document
- Your original work
- Standard attribution of quotations, citations, etc.
- Bibliography page (in addition to the 600-800 word essay)
- Not previously written or submitted for a course
- Cover page with the following details:
- Your full name
- Your NOVA Student ID
- Date of submission
- Your statement giving permission to publish essay on the essay contest website
Essay Evaluation Criteria:
- Innovation (33%) – How unique and creative are your ideas?
- Usefulness (33%) – Are your ideas potentially useful and practical?
- Argument (33%) – How well have you expressed and supported your ideas?
Submission and Due Date:
The essay, including the cover page, must be submitted via your official NOVA student email account to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 17, 2017.