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Greater Arizona
BBB Laws of Life
Essay Contest

The Greater Arizona BBB sponsors a regional BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12 to encourage Arizona's "future workforce" to reflect on and write about the principles and idelas that they believe are important to guide one's life.  

Entries for the 2016 Essay contest:

Must be submitted through the online form by February 1, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions:

Eligibility for entering
What grade levels can participate?
What is the essay topic and length?
How many entries may be submitted?
Download contest forms
What are the judging criteria?
What awards are given?
Submitting entries by mail
When are entries due?

Eligibility for Entering

Any student in grades 9-12 at a school or youth organization within the BBB of Greater Arizona service area may sunmit an essay. The Greater Arizona service area includes: Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma  counties.

What grades levels are included?

Students in grades 9 - 12 are eligible to submit an essay.

What is the essay topic and is there a maximum length?

Students should write on their personal "Laws of Life," the prinicples and ideals to live one's life by that are important, universal and would make the world a better place if everyone lived by them. Reflect and write from the heart about what matters in your life. Identify one or more Laws of Life that mean the most to you. Use your essay to explain your choices through experiences you've had, lessons you've learned or people who have been examples to you. You can also use the UncommonSense™ themes.

Essays should be no more than 10,000 characters (approximately 3 typed, double spaced pages). All essays must be submitted through the online form below.

Timeline and contest award ceremony

All entries must be submitted through the online form no later than February 1, 2016. All the fields of the entry form should be completed. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd Place. Prizes will be distributed in May and the top essay winner will be invited to attend the BBB's awards ceremony held in the spring. 

Judging criteria

Essays should mention at least one law of life and communicate its importance. Essays will be judged by organization of thought, clarity of expression, enthusiasm communicated, examples included and overall quality of essay (including grammar). Click here for a sample scoring rubric


Cash prizes will be awarded according to the following:


Prize Amount
1st Place $500
2nd Place $200

Submitting entries 

To submit entries 

  1. Fill out the entry form (at the link below)
  2. Be ready to provide the required parent/guardian signatures.
  3. Copy/paste your essay text into the form
  4. Submit the form by February 1, 2016

For further contest information

Contact the BBB Foundation at bbbfoundation@arizonabbb.org or (602) 264-2864 with questions or for further information.

Contest Forms

Click here for the entry form