1. The Society looks forward to awarding $3,500 in prize money to be awarded at the discretion of the judges.  Judges will take into consideration grade level, available material, and scholarly writing.
  2. Student must be a non-graduate middle or high school resident of the Appoquinimink School District at the time of award. Students may be attending any school or may be home schooled.
  3. Paper length, 1,500 to 2,500 words.  Up to 5 images may be embedded in the text; additional images may be placed in an appendix following the text of the paper.  Images add to the readers’ understanding, knowledge and enjoyment of a paper; therefore contestants are encouraged to include in the appendix as many relevant images as will further the quality of their paper.
  4. The paper is a historical research paper requiring citation of all sources and facts, quotes, etc. presented in the paper.  Writers must use the MLA (Modern Language Association) documentation style.  Your librarian can help with this.  The Citation Builder program at https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/citationbuilder/  is a very easy fill-in tool to use which will ensure you have all elements required for proper citation of all source types.  Be sure to use Citation Style MLA-7 or MLA-8.  A more complete site is found at https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html
  5. Contestants are strongly advised, but not required, to use resources of the Middletown Historical Society.  We have a large collection of local history information open to you.  The Appoquinimink Public Library research librarian and your school librarian will also be good resources to use.
  6. Contestants will select one subject from the following list of Middletown historical street names, and write about the street and person/family for which it was named.  Anderson, Berkman, Cochran, Cox, Crawford, Fields Terrace, Green, Hoffecker, Lake, Lockwood, Pennington, Peterson, Redding, Shallcross Place, and Wood.  The Historical Society will allow limited papers on each subject.
  7. Contestants must register in person at the Middletown Historical Society, 216 N Broad Street by filling out an application and selecting a topic.  The selected topic may be changed, but the new choice must be added to the application form.  
  8. The contest will be blind-judged.  A contestant number will be assigned at the time of registration, and will be the only writer identification on the judged paper.  Therefore the title page will show:  “The Title of your Paper”, and, “Submitted by Contestant # ______”
  9. A printed copy of the paper must be delivered in person to the Historical Society on or before Saturday, November 9 at which time a statement of personal authorship will be signed.  A digital copy of the paper must also be submitted to the Society email address, mhistoricalsociety@gmail.com by the due date.  Papers must be in font size 12, and double spaced.  Digital papers must be submitted as a PDF file with the .pdf extension.  The library can assist if you are having trouble saving this format.  
  10. Winners will be notified by email to attend the award ceremony during the Society’s monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on November 19, and must attend in person, to receive the award.  
  11. Questions may be directed to David Matsen at the above addresses, or at 302-378-8265.