Prompt: “Make something beautiful. Say why it is.”
2012 Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:59pm
Eligibility: The challenge is open to all teens (14-19). You are welcome to work alone, but encouraged to work with up to two teammates.
What to Submit: 1) An example of beauty, created by you/your team and documented in a digital format and 2) A cover letter that explains why your submission is beautiful.
- Meet Winner, Nya Cooks!
- Beauty is The Place Where Nature and Human Elegance Connect – First Place Winner
- Beauty is a Cycle — Second Place Winner
- Breaking Free — Third Place Winner
- 2012 Runner Up Submissions
- 1st – $1,000
- 2nd – $750
- 3rd – $500
Top 20 contestants win a
trip to the symposium at
Beautiful Minds Symposium, February 21-23, 2013.
The Fine Print
What is the Beautiful Minds Symposium?
The top 20 contestants will win a trip to the Beautiful Minds Symposium at Marlboro College, Feb 21-23, 2013. Beautiful Mind Challenge finalists will join current Marlboro students and faculty members to share ideas and submissions, learn about creative process and problem solving through group activities, and get a taste of college residential life and coursework. Marlboro will arrange and pay for transportation to and from Vermont, as well as food, lodging and activities during the symposium. For teens living outside the United States, Marlboro will contribute up to $500 towards the cost of a flight or other transportation.
Prizes for Teams
Winning teams will split the cash prizes (e.g. a three-member team winning first prize would receive $333 each). All members of cash-prize-winning and finalist teams will attend the symposium, up to a total of 20 individuals. This means the number of teams invited will depend on the number of members per finalist team. Teams with more than three members will not be eligible for prizes or symposium attendance.
Send your submission before December 1, 2012.
Winners will be announced by January 15.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff members, students, and experts from a variety of fields. Winning entries will have the following characteristics:
- High quality product (the “something beautiful”) and presentation/documentation
- Expression of original, critical and creative thinking
- Demonstration of research and preparation
We will only accept digital files including computer documents, photographic / image files, audio files and video files. Videos cannot be longer than five minutes. (Acceptable file extensions: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, WPF, ODT, JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP3, M4a, WAV, ZIP, XLS, MOV).
If you know what your “something beautiful” will be, but are not sure how to submit it digitally, contact us and we’ll figure it out together. There are many creative solutions.