Essays for Senior contestants should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words (approximately 5-6 pages double-spaced, excluding footnotes and bibliography). Essays for Junior contestants should be between 700 and 1,000 words (approximately 2-3 pages double-spaced, excluding footnotes and bibliography). Essays must be typed in a word processor, double-spaced, in an 11- or 12-point font. Do not include any personal information on the first page of your essay (you will be assigned a number for judging purposes to ensure fairness). On a cover sheet, provide your name, age, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school name, telephone number (if applicable), and the school grade you will be entering in fall 2006. In addition, also submit a statement from a teacher or parent confirming that the paper is your original work. While you do not need to be an American citizen to enter, your entry must be in English. An entrant may submit only one essay.