College Plus Essay Contest For Maine


The MEA/NEA offer grants throughout the year to help our educators build their skills. In addition, the MEA encourages you to apply for other grants from partnering organizations or companies that are committed to enriching the lives of educators and making our public schools great. The following are current grant opportunities:

MEA/NEA Grants

MEA's Leroy Lambert Political Action Grant
This MEA grant is to facilitate the development and implementation of a local association political action program.
WHEN: Deadline: December 15, 2017
HOW: Political Action Grant Application

MEA - Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant
This MEA-Retired grant is sponsoring an honor grant through the legacy of Anne Sheehan, a former member of MEA-Retired. The $1500 grant will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year, and may be used to defray any expenses occurred. 

Applicants must:

  • be a full-time educator practicing in Maine.
  • be enrolled in a humanities program leading to a graduate degree in the arts, sciences, or education.
  • be a member of the local Education Association, a member of MEA, and a member of NEA.

WHEN: Deadline: February 7, 2017
HOW: Anne Sheehan Honor Grant Application

The NEA Foundation Grants
The NEA Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 exclusively to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning:

  • Student Achievement Grants support initiatives that improve academic achievement.
  • Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development.

Active NEA members who are practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online. Preference is currently being given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning, as well as projects with leads/partners that are education support professionals.
WHEN: Deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 15.
HOW: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/grants-to-educators/

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development opportunities and a nine-day international field study to support educators as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers with 5 or more years of classroom experience will be given preference.

By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school and district, and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age.
APPLICATIONS OPEN: Fall
DEADLINE: February 5, 2018
HOW: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/global-learning-fellowship/

My Hero Works at School Essay Contest
The MEA is pleased to join with the Portland Sea Dogs for its 3rd annual "My Hero Works at School" essay contest. Students are encouraged to write a short essay, no more than 300 words, about their school hero. Two winners will be selected and receive tickets to a 2018 Sea Dogs game for themselves, their family and their school hero. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, the submitting educator's name and email and the name of the school hero, if different than the submitting educator.

WHEN: Deadline April 11, 2018
WHO: All public school elementary and middle school students are encouraged to apply
HOW: Submit essays to Giovanna Bechard via mail at 35 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or email at contest@maineea.org

Maine Educator Cover Contest - What I Love About Maine
The Maine Educator will feature a cover designed by a Maine public school art student depicting the theme "What I Love About Maine." Submissions can be any form of art and should be 8.5" by 11" or able to be photographed. Please advise students that the magazine title will be across the top and 2.5" high. The artisst will want to make sure there is nothing important to the piece at the top, as it may be obscured by the title. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, and the submitting teacher's name and email.

WHEN: Deadline April 20, 2018
WHO: Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 - There will be 3 finalists from each category, plus electronic art. One overall winner will be chosen from the finalists and have their work on the cover.
HOW: Submit artwork to Giovanna Bechard via mail at 35 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or email at contest@maineea.org

Additional Grants

Adobe: ConnectED Software Grants
As part of the White House's ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Multiple licenses of each software program will be awarded if your school is chosen.
WHEN: Rolling deadline
WHO: K-12 public schools that receive Title I funds
HOW: FMI and to apply: http://edex.adobe.com/connected/faq

California Casualty Academic Award
These ongoing $2,500 Academic Awards will go to K-12 public school teachers to assist with out of pocket expenses.
To Apply:http://www.calcasacademicaward.com

California Casualty School Lounge Makeover
Revamp and recharge your school lounge with a $7,500 grant.
To Apply:www.schoolloungemakeover.com

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation - Teaching Fellows Program
The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program is a comprehensive, five-year professional development program designed to support early-career science and mathematics teachers. You can watch a webinar about the program here.
HOW: FMI and to apply: http://www.kstf.org/fellowships

Cents for STEM
With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes? What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students? K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.
WHEN: October 1
http://toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp

Teacherat Sea
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program sends K-12 teachers aboard research ships for up to one month. The mission of NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college level-teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and screw. Applications are available online in the fall.
WHEN: Rolling
http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/about/How_to_Apply

Colorado Review

Nelligan Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/14/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee...

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Prairie Schooner

Book Prizes

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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James Jones Literary Society

First Novel Fellowship

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Sonora Review

Annual Contests

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The 2018 contest theme is "...

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The Pinch

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria...

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Bellingham Review

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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The Word Works

Washington Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Southampton Review

Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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The Writer's Center

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Kundiman/Tupelo Press

Kundiman Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $28

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge...

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Sarabande Books

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $29

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

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Hunger Mountain

Literary Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Slope Editions

Book Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $22

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Ocean Vuong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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Hidden River Arts

Eludia Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Chris Abani will judge. Using the online...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $100

Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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Fourth Genre

Steinberg Essay Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/20/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20...

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New South

Writing Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/21/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry, and Alissa Nutting...

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Enizagam

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/23/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Jesse Nathan will judge in poetry, and Rachel Khong...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Frost Farm Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $6

Application Deadline: 3/30/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

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Florida Review

Editors’ Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Poetry and Prose Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,600

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong seminar at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer...

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