NASA (Astronaut); Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty Images (Civil Rights); Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images (Refugees)


2020 Eyewitness to History Contest 

Uncover a fascinating story about the past—and have your work appear in JS

Do you know someone who took part in a mission to space, campaigned for civil rights, or fled violence in their homeland? Chances are, people in your community have captivating true stories to tell—and we want you to uncover them. Take part in our annual contest and you could win big!

To enter, interview someone who experienced a historic event in person. Then send us the interview (500 to 800 words) in Q&A form. 

Entries must include:
● an introduction saying who you interviewed and a brief description of the event he or she experienced.

● a conclusion explaining what you learned from this project. 

If you win, we’ll publish your story—and give you $250! (Your teacher will also win $250.) Two runners-up will each get $50. Click on these links for interview tips, the entry form, and official rules.

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2020. 

Send your entries to:

JS Eyewitness to History Contest
557 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012

No purchase necessary. Contest open to all JS readers in grades 4 to 10 who are legal U.S. residents. Void where prohibited.

CLICK HERE for a sample entry.

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