FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

When are the new essay topics posted?
The new essay topics are usually posted in late September or early October.

Who is eligible to enter the contest?
Level I is open to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Level II is open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.

Do you have to be Jewish to enter the contest?
No.

Can Canadians enter the contest?
Yes. Mail your essay to the PO Box.

Can international (non-US, non-Canadian) students enter the contest?
Yes. Email your essay here or mail it to the P.O. Box.

How and when are the essay finalists notified?
Essay finalists are notified by mail (by DHL) by May 15th.

Do you publish a list of the essay finalists?
No. If you wish to receive a list of the essay finalists, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your essay.

Do you publish the winning essays?
No. We want every contestant to think about the question from a fresh perspective and not be influenced by previous winners.

Can I suggest essay topics for upcoming contests?
Yes. The foundation welcomes your comments and suggestions.
Questions? Contact info@kaplunfoundation.org