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3. Submit Your Entry

The Museum takes children's online privacy very seriously. Therefore, in order to comply with recently released federal regulations under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Museum will be accepting submissions from students age 12 and under by mail and fax only, rather than online. Students age 13 or older may submit entries online or by mail. If you have questions regarding this policy please contact the Young Naturalist Awards administrator at yna@amnh.org

Entry Checklist

Before you submit your entry, read over the checklist to make sure your entry is complete.

  • I have read and complied with the Rules and Regulations governing the 2014 Young Naturalist Awards.
  • I complied with the entry format. 
  • I completed Part I of the entry form. 
  • A parent, guardian, teacher, or mentor has read, filled out and signed Part II of the entry form, indicating that my writing is my own work.
  • My supervisor has filled out and signed Part III, (applicable if your essay was the result of an investigation you did as a class, at a summer institute, pre-college research program, or environmental program, or if you had a mentor). 

Note: From the time of submission, all copyright rights in the entry are property of The American Museum of Natural History ("Museum"). Rights to an entry not selected as an award winner revert automatically to the student at the time award winners are selected. Copyright rights for entries selected for awards are the exclusive property of the Museum for two years from the date of selection. During this period, the Museum may use the work or permit the work to be used by others without compensation to the student. At the end of the two-year period, all rights to the work shall automatically revert to the student; except that the Museum shall retain non-exclusive publishing rights, and the Museum and other persons the Museum has authorized to use the work during the two-year period shall retain the right to continue to any such use. By signing the entry form, the student agrees to the terms of this release.

Entries will be judged in the order in which they are received.

Submit Your Entry Online

(students ages 13 and up)

How to Submit Your Online Application

  1. Go to the Online Application portal. Create a new account.
  2. Complete the entry form. Use proper capitalization. You will need a teacher, parent, or guardian to electronically sign your form.
  3. Upload your essay. Acceptable formats include Word (.doc and docx), pdf and Apple Pages (.pages).
  4. If your essay is more than 100MB, you may have to remove images from your essay and upload them in the "Additional Images" section of the application.
  5. When you have completed the entry form, click the SUBMIT button. If you are not quite ready to submit, click the SAVE DRAFT button. All your information will be saved. You can return to your submission by signing in using your email and password.
  6. You will recieve an email confirming your submission.
  7. Digital entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 1, 2014.

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Submit Your Entry Via Mail

(students of any age)
Fill Out the Entry Form

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF document. Print the form. It may be photocopied if needed. Please type or print neatly using black ink. Use proper capitalization.

Send your essay and completed entry form (Send flat. Do not fold.) to:

Young Naturalist Awards Administrator
NCSLET
American Museum of Natural History 
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

 

Submit Your Entry Via Fax 

(for students age 12 and under ONLY)
Fill Out the Entry Form

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF document. Print the form. It may be photocopied if needed. Please type or print neatly using black ink. Use proper capitalization.

Fax your entry form and essay to: 212-496-4231

See Contest Results

The essay deadline is March 1, 2014. Mailed and faxed entries must be received by March 1, 2014. Digital entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 1, 2014.

Judging will take place in March. The finalists and semi-finalists will be announced during the week of March 24, 2014. The first name and essay title of each finalist and semi-finalist will be posted on our website.

The final judging round will commence in April. The winners will be announced the week of April 21, 2014. They will be notified via phone and by mail. Their first names and essay titles will be posted on our website.

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