Hundreds of thousands of teen girls struggle each year with the trauma of growing up without the presence of their biological fathers. That experience shapes their sense of self-worth; it guides their decision—good and bad; and it molds their determination and resilience. Challenges can empower. For two decades Esther Productions Inc. has been helping girls and women heal father absence and achieve self-actualization. DISCOVERING ME…WITHOUT YOU: PERSONAL ESSAY CONTEST is a major part of that effort.
Girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are asked to tell their narrative of growing up without the daily presence of their fathers in their lives. Most important, each contestant is asked to reveal her story of self-discovery: how she has come to know her worth and value; how she has come to recognize her imperfections but also her strengths; and how she believes she can succeed in the world despite the challenge of fatherlessness.
Essays between 750 words and 2,000 words are being accepted from NOW through Dec. 1, 2020. All essays must be original, written in English, typed with 12 point-font and doubled space. They may be submitted on paper–Esther Productions Inc. P.O. Box 21570, Washington, DC. 20009—or electronically –info ( @ ) estherproductionsinc dot com
The entries will be judged by a team of successful professional leaders including Ana Acevedo, Operations and Communications Manager at the Family Place Public Charter School; Patricia Bitondo, Woman’s National Democratic Club; Ana R. Harvey, a former senior executive in President Barack Obama’s administration; Brenda Miller, Executive Director of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Deborah Thurman, founder of WeBeOne, Winfield Swanson; Woman’s National Democratic Club; Addison Switzer, CEO of BuckWild Media, and Miajah Spring, student at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and the 2019 First Place contest winner.
The first-place winner for this Second Annual contest will receive $1,000; second place will be given $500; third place will be given $200. One honorable mention will receive $50. The winners will be announced in January 2021 at a special event. Further, the top 10 finalists will be published in a book.
There is no fee to participate in the contest. However, entrants must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and live and attend school in the Washington-Metropolitan Region.
For more details about the contest visit or write estherproductionsinc ( @ ) gmail dot 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, Consultant
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