John M. Turner Essay Contest 2014

Turner Essay imageShould We Help the Poor?

  • What moral obligations do individuals have to help those in absolute poverty?
  • How do we help?
  • Why should we help?


$1,000 for books or tuition!
Registered undergraduate full-time LC students are eligible.


-Clear articulation of position and arguments given
-Carefully proofread submissions
-Observation of rules for Standard English usage in writing
-Tightly focused essays
-Originality and imagination
-Eloquence of writing style

Essay Format

-Eight to ten pages (roughly 3,000 words)
-Must be the original, unpublished work of one student
-Only one essay per student per year may be submitted
-Titled, typed in 12-pt easily readable font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, numbered pages


Submit your entry by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Submissions will be judged anonymously. No name or identifying references should appear on the title page or within the document.