Essay Contest Volunteer Form

Thank you for your interest in being a Volunteer Reviewer for our annual Live Deliberately Essay Contest!  We absolutely could NOT run this Contest without the help of volunteers like you!

Live Deliberately Essay Contest Volunteer Reviewers will ideally have at least some experience reviewing/evaluating written work at the middle school, high school and/or college level. There are two possible roles for Volunteer Reviewers:


  • Preview submissions to ensure that they do not exceed the word limit and that they make an earnest attempt to address that year’s specific prompt.
  • Do NOT score essays. Pre-Screeners are only screening for eligibility.
  • Agree to preview at least 30 essays (as this is not an in-depth reading, we ask for Pre-Screeners to review more than the Round 1/Round 2 Reviewers).
  • Preview essays any time between when the prompt is posted (usually around November 15) and about a week after the Contest deadline (mid-late February), as essays come in and as the volunteer’s schedule allows.

Round 1/Round 2 Reviewers:

  • Agree to review at least 12 essays (if you want to do more, that’s great!)
  • Elect to take part in either Round 1 or 2 of essay review (or both, if you have the time and interest!); see form below for exact dates of current year’s review process.
  • Use the provided Essay Contest rubric to provide scores and feedback on each essay.
  • Submit scores and feedback on the essays to WWP Director of Education, using the rubric, within the given time period. Reviewers will have about a week and a half per Round in which to read and review essays.

Please note that we typically need FOUR TIMES as many reviewers for Round 1 as we do for Round 2 (since the top 25% are sent on to Round 2), so if you can only commit to one Round, please consider Round 1, if possible with your schedule.

To find out more about volunteering for the Live Deliberately Essay Contest, see here. Please contact Whitney Retallic, Director of Education, if you have any questions!