2021 Leaders of Today Competition Guidelines

Please read through the guidelines in their entirety. Failure to meet any of the requirements below may make you ineligible for an award.

Participant Eligibility: 

  • Participants must be a student between grades 6 and 12 at the time of submission.

  • Participants may only submit one entry per category.

  • Students outside of the United States are welcome to apply.

General Application Requirements: ​​

  • For each submission, participants may only enter either a video or a writing piece in response to the prompt, NOT both.

  • Submissions can be the product of collaborative work but can only be submitted once under the name of one member. Please note that all competition updates will only be sent to this member submitting the application. The other members will also be recognized and receive the award.

  • Ensure that the personal information provided is accurate.

  • All submissions must be in English. Please include the English translation if the submission includes other languages.

  • Proofread the application before submission.

  • Participants are responsible for ensuring that their submitted work is original and does not infringe on copyright or the intellectual property of another person or entity. 

  • ​Include works cited at the end of the submission. This will not be included in the word count or video duration.


Video Submission:

  • Videos must be between one and two minutes long. It may not exceed two minutes. 

  • All individuals who appear in video submissions must have given consent to be filmed. Participants are responsible for any privacy violations.

  • Videos may include an appendix (for example, tables, data, or charts) that support and strengthen the submission.

  • Videos must be uploaded to either YouTube or your drive (google, etc.). Participants will share the video link for their submission and will ultimately be held accountable for its accessibility so please make sure it is valid.


Writing Submission:

  • Total word limit of 500.

  • The document must be a PDF file when submitted.

  • Written pieces may include a one page appendix (for example, tables, data, or charts) that support and strengthen the submission. The appendix will not count towards the word limit.

  • Submissions must be formatted as such: FirstName_LastName_Writing​​

    • John Smith would title his writing submission as “John_Smith_Writing”


If you have further questions, reach out at: LeadersOfTodayNW@gmail.com