Esther Productions Inc

Since 2004, Esther Productions Inc. has helped transform the lives of thousands of  girls and women, particularly those facing the challenges associated with father absence. It is considered a pioneer, offering innovative techniques and programs that enable healing while helping girls and women achieve self-actualization.

 

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Email: estherproductionsinc@gmail.com

Phone: 202-829-0591

1629 K St. NW--Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006

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Essay Contest

SOMETIMES PERSONAL OR FAMILY CHALLENGES CAN GIVE US STRENGTH

If you live in the Washington Metropolitan Region, are a teen girl between the ages of 14 and 17 and are growing up without your father in your home, tell us how you have faced the challenge of father absence to achieve self-actualization and self-empowerment. Enter Esther Productions Inc.’s

DISCOVERING ME…WITHOUT YOU First Annual Personal Essay Contest 

 

Submissions are being accepted September 3, 2019 through Nov. 1, 2019

There will be $$ CASH PRIZES $$ --$500 for 1stplace; $300 for 2ndplace, $100 for 3rdplace and $50 for two honorable mentions. Also all essays selected as finalists will be published in a book to be released Spring 2020

CONTEST RULES: 

  • Essays must be original and cannot contain the words of another person without giving that individual credit within the text of the essay.Essays must be between 750 words and 2,000 words; essays must be written in English--the writer should indicate at submission if English is not her native language.

  • Essays must be typed with 12- point font, doubled spaced, printed only on one side of the paper; essays also may be submitted electronically as an attached pdf file.

  • Essays must have a cover page with the author’s name, age, home address and name of school.

  • Essays may only contain personal information on the cover page—

  •  Essays must include the name/title of the essay on all pages.

The printed/hard-copy of essays should be mailed to Esther Productions Inc.—21570 Washington, DC 20009.

 

Electronic submissions should be sent to info@estherproductionsinc.com (Put Discovering Mein the subject line)

 

Judges: Ana Acevedo holds a degree in psychology and is the Operations and Communications Manager at the Family Place Public Charter School; Patricia Bitondo is a board member of the Educational Foundation of the Woman’s National Democratic Club and a businesswoman; Ana R. Harvey is a former senior executive in President Barack Obama’s administration who focused on the development of women-owned businesses; Brenda Miller is Executive Director of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Brandy Payne is a nonprofit communications director; Carlyncia Peck is founder and CEO of viaJ entertainment services, llc and head of Artistic Empowerment Centers; Winfield Swanson is Director of Communications for the Woman’s National Democratic Club; and Addison Switzer is an actor and CEO of BuckWild Media.  

 

Judging Criteria:

 

Essays will be judge using the following criteria and point system in making their selections:

 

Originality—is this the author’s real or authentic story –20 points

 

Power and consistency of author’s voice—does the author’s voice as storyteller command attention and sustain that attention--20 points

 

Strength of writing-- are the paragraphs and sentences well-constructed;is there the proper usage of grammar; is the use of language strong; is it free of typos etc.--25 points

 

Articulation of issues and challenges related to father absence—does the author explain what problems she faced as a fatherless daughter—15 points

 

Description or presentation of compelling personal growth and development—what happened to the author as she sought to deal with father absence—20 points

 

TOTAL WINNING SCORE is 100

 

NOW DON’T WAIT!

 

ENTER TODAY! TELL US YOUR STORY!

 

For more information: www.estherproductionsinc.com/contest or info@estherproductionsinc.com

Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends.

Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant