Win a Laptop in Our Essay Contest!

Essay Contest Rules

Permission Form – Required

Official Entry Form – Required


In honor of National Inventors Month in August, Inventors Digest magazine and partners are sponsoring the 2059 Essay Contest for middle school and high school students.

Your assignment: What will the world look like in 2059?

In 1959, the internal pacemaker, the microchip, the Barbie doll and pantyhose were invented. Each was significant in its own right. But that was so 50 years ago.

Show us in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 2059 and why. The Grand Prize includes:

-A laptop computer

-Your essay published in Inventors Digest

-A year’s subscription to the magazine

-Possible appearance on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Everyday Edisons

-A killer T-shirt

-Brain-teaser games

Eligibility: All middle school and high school students ages 12-17 in the United States. Grand prizes will be awarded for best middle school and high school entries. North Carolina and South Carolina entrants also are eligible for the regional Grand Prize, an iPod, courtesy of

Entry rules: Download official entry and all permission forms below. All essays must be original work of the student. Only 1 (ONE) entry per student. Submit essays and forms to Inventors Digest, with Essay Contest in the subject line or mail to Inventors Digest, Essay Contest, 520 Elliot St., Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 or fax to 704.333.5115. Include your birth date, school, address and phone number.

Criteria: Entries will be judged on clarity and vision of how we will use new technology or products in the year 2059. Winning essays will demonstrate imagination rooted in science and engineering principles. In other words, the best essays will show what’s possible as well as practical.

Deadlines: Submit essays by Sept. 30, 2009. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30, 2009.

Winners will be notified on or by Nov. 26, 2009.

Contact us at or call 704.369.7312 ext. 219 for more information.




66 Comments Win a Laptop in Our Essay Contest!

  1. Nicole

    I know that the deadline has already passed because I already turned in my essay via email, but I do have some questions; Do you happen to know when Inventors Digest will choose a winner? If so, what will be your first way of contacting the winner? If you don’t win will you find out or will we have to continusly check to see if you win or lose. Thank you for your time.

  2. mdrummond

    We will notify the winners by Oct. 28, 2009. We will post an announcement on the site by that date. Due to the large number of entries, we are unable send personal notifications.

  3. Aanchal Dahiya

    Did the people who sent their essays received back a mail saying we’ve received your essays? or nothing?

  4. mdrummond

    Due to the volume of entries we received, we’re unable to personally respond to each entrant confirming receipt.

  5. kaitlyn

    why havent they ben posted yet. will we see who won first second and third and who won honerall mention. Will you have another contest

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