Welcome to the Georgia Rotary Clubs Laws of Life Essay Contest Landing Page

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 13, 2023

We are off to a great year! The contest welcomes all Georgia high schools both public and private. The contest is free to schools and can accept a limited number of schools per year. Schools are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Once you complete the School Registration Form, you will receive all necessary materials to successfully implement and run the contest at the school level – a Teacher Contest Manual, sample lesson plans, and student handouts. We are pleased to share an edited recording of this year's Annual Teacher & Rotarian Workshop that was held at  The 1818 Club on September 9th. Simply click the following link:  Luncheon Recording

To login and begin, click the Registration Form below. Returning schools may use their existing Submittable account. Instructions are below for new users. In order to participate, your school must submit the Registration Form.  

We are offering Laws of Life Essay Submission Training sessions in late November and early December. The 30-minute session provides you with the latest info on the essay submission process, including the benefits of the Google Forms Student Entry Release Form, the Submittable Essay Submission process and the Submittable School Tally Form. A video recording of the session will be available to view on your own time. 

"I honestly found the process to be quite user-friendly!"    -   Amelia Kemmerer, School Contest Chair

If you are new to Submittable, setting up an account only takes a few minutes. Please follow the steps below.  

  • Click the Submit button to the right of the School Registration Form. Once you are in the Registration Form window, scroll to the bottom and click on the Create Your Account button and follow the instructions.
  • When using an email address to sign up with Submittable, you will need to ensure the email address is able to receive emails from Submittable. Email notifications will come from: notifications@email.submittable.com.
  • In order for your email address to accept email notifications from Submittable, you will need to either:
  1. Confirm with your IT department that email notifications generated from the Submittable website will be allowed.
  2.  Safelist notification emails from Submittable so they do not go to spam or get blocked.

**The platform works best on Chrome and Firefox.**

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the contest, you can reach out to GLL staff at questions@georgialawsoflife.org or 404.590.8039.

For more information on how to use Submittable, check out the Submitter Resource Center or reach out to Submittable's customer support team at https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is operated by the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Use the form below to register for the 2022-2023 Contest. Once your registration is processed and a with your administration and peers.  tntest Manual once it is ready for the next school year. The manual contains all the information needed to run the contest -- guidelines, timeline, teacher tips, student tips, Contest Chair best practices and optional lesson plans . Many schools find the lesson plans especially helpful, while others work the contest into their regular class assignments. We want you to do whatever works best for you & your school.  Student materials including bookmarks and posters will go out in August or can be picked up at the Annual Teacher and Rotarian Workshop Luncheon in September. This year we are planning to host the event on Friday, September 9th in Gwinnett and on Friday, September 16th in Columbus. More details will be forthcoming.

To receive student or teacher cash awards, schools must meet the required minimum number of students who write a Laws of Life essay and the submission deadline. Click here for minimum requirements. Additional details are available in the School Contest Manual.

Please feel free to share the following School Information Flyer and the 2022-2023 Contest Timeline with your administration and peers.  


Need More Information, Have a Questions... Contact Us
Program Questions:  Linda Hatten, Program Manager, linda@georgialawsoflife.org, 404.590.8039

Submittable Questions:  Check out the Submitter Resource Center or reach out to Submittable's customer support team at https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 13, 2023
Use the form below to upload the Student Essay and the Student Entry Release Form.
**One form is required for each student essay submission**.


Before uploading the Student Entry Release Form, please confirm that it is signed and all information is complete.  If it is not, you can still upload the Student Essay and return to the submission by February 17, 2023 to upload the Release Form.  All essay submissions must have a completed Student Entry Release to be considered.


Once winners are identified, Contest Chairs will receive an email to fill out an additional form that confirms mailing addresses for all winners.

Tips:

  1. The Student Entry Release Form has the information needed to complete the Student Essay Submission Form in its entirety. CLICK HERE to access the form.
  2. If you do not upload the Student Entry Release Form at the time of essay submission, an email will be sent to prompt you to return to the submission to upload the form. Instructions are here.
  3. Both the Student Essay and the Student Entry Release Form must be uploaded in the following text or image formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rft, .txt, .jpg, .png.
  4. Submit a maximum of 12 essays per grade. 

For Contest questions, please contact Georgia Laws of Life Staff at questions@georgialawsoflife.org or 404.590.8039
If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact the Submittable customer support team: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 13, 2023


The School Tally Form needs to be completed before submitted essays will be considered for student awards. This may be done before or after the student entries have been submitted. You may find it helpful to use the printable School Tally Form to track essay numbers before completing the online form.


The number of school level student awards is dependent upon the total number of essays written in the school. Refer to the Essay Contest Manual for more details. Complete the School Tally Form below to report the number of essays written school-wide and the number of essays submitted to the contest from each grade level. 

The total number of essays written by students in the school is a key factor in determining student awards, teacher honoraria and continued success of the contest.


Submit a maximum of 12 essays per grade.  If fewer than 3 essays are submitted for a grade level, an individual grade level winner will not be selected, nor will the essays be considered for a school winner.

Please verify that the number of essays submitted is accurate on the Tally Form. If you find an error after submitting the form you have two options to correct: 1) withdraw the form from your submission list and complete a new Tally Form. 2) request access to edit by opening the submission (form) and clicking the Edit icon; edit instructions will be emailed to you.


For Contest questions, please contact Georgia Laws of Life staff at questions@georgialawsoflife.org or 404-590-8039
If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact the Submittable customer support team: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/