Writer's Checklist

Just a few suggestions for you to look at before submitting your essay:

  • Does your essay clearly demonstrate that you understand the role of the Foreign Service in carrying out American diplomacy?
  • Is your essay written in English?
  • Does the essay answer this year’s essay contest question?
  • Have you given your essay a descriptive title?
  • Is your essay at least 1,000 words and no more than 1,500 words long excluding works cited?
  • Have you made sure that your name, school, or city do NOT appear anywhere in the essay?
  • Have you scrupulously followed accepted standards regarding attribution of quotations, arguments, and ideas of others within the body of your paper and bibliography?
  • Have you made sure that Wikipedia is not a source?
  • Does your essay have standardized citations and bibliography?
  • Does your essay have the required end notes, rather than footnotes?
  • Are your online sources listed separately from other sources in your bibliography?
  • Is your teacher's name and contact information included as detailed in the contest guidelines?

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST, April 1, 2024