My Little Miracle Essay Contest Rules

The Essay Contest is currently closed.
Our next contest will begin in September.

CATEGORY 1 (ages 7-10)

If you could be an animal, which one would you be and why?


  • King of Beasts by Stuart Denham
  • My Favorite Paws, Jaws and Claws by Jerome Dittman
  • If I Were a Cat by Jose Felten
  • All about Monkeys by Eric Green
  • The Hummingbird Migration by Hadley Green
  • The Greatest Beast by Malia Irvine
  • The Puppy Love Dog by Heidi Jones
  • My Peafowl Experience by Elizabeth Moulton
  • The Camouflage Master by Hugh Ryder
  • The Gems of Cloud Forest by Emma Smith
  • Wolves and Their Ways by Julia-Rose Spears
  • The Mighty Eagle by Elijah Spies
  • Worms by Elisabeth Washington

CATEGORY 2 (ages 11-14)

If you could travel outside of your country, where would you go and why?


  • The Journey of a Lifetime by Abigail Bosworth
  • Wonder in the Wild by Hailey Braddock
  • Unconquerable by Landri Coble
  • Kingdom of Stones by Patrick Denham
  • Cobblestone Paths by Emma Fowler
  • The Neuschwanstein Castle by Summer Hammond
  • An Exotic Land by Sam Kellam
  • A Day in the Lowlands by Phoebe Knapp
  • My Dream Destination by Kiersen Landes
  • Peaks of Majesty by Amanda Lindberg
  • A Dangerous Wish by Leah Matthews
  • Taiwanna Go There by Annabel Peltzer
  • Maybe One Day… by Emma Storey
  • Land of the Rising Sun by Esther Zhang

CATEGORY 3 (ages 15-19)

Considering the role gratitude and generosity play in personal happiness, how should you and your peers approach life after high school?


  • The Little Things by Katellen Allen
  • Happiness is a Sacrifice by Madeline Carroll
  • People Smart by Elise Engen
  • The Whys and Wherefores of Gratitude by Aaron Frish
  • Pursuing the Pursuit of Happiness by Timothy House
  • The Connection between Wealth, Generosity, Thankfulness, and Happiness by Stasia Hudak
  • The Role of Independence in Personal Happiness and Satisfaction by Alexander Kim
  • True Happiness by Moriah Martin
  • The Importance of Generosity by Ethan Read
  • Happiness that Counts by Laura Rothermel
  • The Question of Graduation Day by Danielle Stanton
  • The Key to a Productive Adulthood by Maddie Steele


WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY by entering our Essay Contest!

Teachers, help your students earn great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's 2017-2018 essay contest, for students aged 12-18! We have prizes for teachers, too! The teacher submitting the top essay also wins the trip to New York!

Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays on our website between now and the February 16th deadline. Simply have your students view the segment on this page, and write a 500-1000 word essay to submit to our contest.

Natural disasters often bring people together, as they undertake rescue operations and work to rebuild their communities. People outside the affected communities usually offer additional support. But what about those that see a disaster as a way to make money? Watch John Stossel's video about "price gouging" and write a 500-1000 word essay, arguing for or against laws that prohibit price “gouging" during an emergency. How do such laws affect disaster victims? How do they change the incentives of potential suppliers?

See complete rules and submission information for more details.

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