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Civil War Museum of Philadelphia 2024 Essay Contest

                              General Rules and Requirements

Essay Subject

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia (CWMP) invites eligible entrants (See Eligibility below) to submit essays covering any subject (battles, leaders, social history, legislation, military, politics, economics, ancestry, etc.) related to the American Civil War era from Fort Sumter (April 1861) to Appomattox (April 1865).

Word Count Limit

Essays are limited to a total of 1,500 words. Essays with word counts above this limit will be disqualified. Works cited are not included with the word count.


Winner: $1,500.00 (One thousand, five hundred dollars)

Honorable Mention: $500.00 (Five hundred dollars)


High school juniors and seniors as of the Essay Submission Deadline (See below) are eligible.

Essay Submission Deadline

Eligible applicants may submit their essays beginning on July 15, 2024 via the dedicated Email address listed below. All essays must be received by the Essay Submission Deadline at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 18, 2024

Reading Fee

A $20.00 (Twenty dollars) reading fee is required, per entry.

The Essay Winner and Honorable Mention essays will be posted on the CWMP website. Email your essays to   beginning on July 15, 2024.


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