Writer's Checklist

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

  • Is your memo written in English?
  • Does the memo answer this year’s essay contest question?
  • Does your memo address all parts of the contest question?
  • Have you given your memo a descriptive title with the name of the country you are writing about in the title?
  • Is your memo at least 1,000 words and no more than 1,250 words long excluding works cited?
  • Have you made sure that your name, school, or city do NOT appear anywhere in the memo?
  • 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 memo have standardized citations and bibliography?
  • Does your memo have end notes? (Please make sure you did NOT use footnotes.)
  • Are your online sources listed separately from other sources in your bibliography?
  • Are your teacher's name and contact information included as detailed in the contest guidelines?