About the Award: We all move. As Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” Movement is one of the essentials of the physical world.

This movement is a good thing, at least as far as our health is concerned. Moving exercises our muscles, strengthens our heart, and clears our head. Yet, movement is not just a physical activity. For some of us, moving signifies changing almost everything in our lives: changing neighborhoods or cities, enrolling in a college or finding a new job overseas.

For some, movement is an overwhelming ordeal. Not all of us choose to move. Some are forced from their homes against their will. There are more refugees now than at any point in human history. According to the United Nations refugee agency there are more than 65 million people who have had to leave their homes – either as refugees, asylum seekers, or to be displaced in their own countries.

Immigration, whether for a career change or to flee a conflict, is an enormous challenge for both the immigrant and the host country. Both are faced with questions of assimilation, integration, xenophobia, employment, security, education, etc. There are no simple answers to these questions, and both immigrant and host have legitimate concerns.

 “In the context of this current moment in history, The 2016 Fountain Essay Contest invites you to consider the issues facing today’s immigrants. Are you an immigrant, too? Were your parents or grandparents immigrants? Are we all immigrants in this world? How do immigrants contribute to your society? How do they cause problems in your society? How would you help immigrants thrive?”

Application Deadline: 30th November, 2016. Winners to be announced 30th March, 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Contest open to all writers worldwide

Offered Since: 2015

Type: Essay  contest


  • Essay word count must be between 1,500 and 2,500
  • Essays must be submitted as Word document only through the essay contest page at www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest

Selection Criteria: The winners will be determined by the Fountain essay contest board who will decide according to the literary effectiveness of the essay in reflecting the philosophy behind the motto, richness in content, and authenticity.

All submitted essays will be evaluated using the following criteria.

  1. Relevance to the contest theme (40 points)
  2. Innovation & creativity (30 points)
  3. Writing style and structure (30 points)

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Contest: Cash prizes of:

  • 1st Place– $1,000
  • 2nd Place– $500
  • 3rd Place– $300

Two Honorable Mentions – $150 each

How to Apply: Essays must be submitted as Word document only through the Fountain essay contest page at www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest

It is important to visit the Contest Webpage for application instructions before applying

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Award Provider: The Fountain magazine