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The NHSEB Case Competition is an opportunity for high school students to write cases for the National High School Ethics Bowl. All submitted cases will be considered for use in National and Regional High School Ethics Bowl case sets.


Eligibility: All currently enrolled high school students in the United States are eligible to enter.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Winner Announcement: February 2021


Grand Prize: The author of the case selected will be awarded a $500 prize.

Honorable Mention: Two prizes of $250 will be awarded to other distinguished cases


Students are allowed to submit more than one case—whether as an individual or as part of a collaborative team. If a student submits more than one case, only one of the cases submitted under his/her name will be eligible to win a prize. Collaborations among students are allowed, with due credit being given to all who contribute. However, to ease the administration of the award, submissions must be made by a single person who then take responsibility for whether and how prize money will be distributed (and for the tax liability that comes with the prizes).

All submissions must be original materials, although appropriately cited excerpts may be used (a quote from a news source, for example). All submissions become the property of NHSEB and are eligible for inclusion in a current or future NHSEB case set, either in full or in part (including cases that are not selected for as prize winners). Cases may be edited after being evaluated for the case competition.

Entries will be judged for overall merit, interest of the moral issue presented, quality of writing, and suitability for an NHSEB competition.


Submission Guidelines + Instructions

Submissions should follow the general format for ethics bowl cases: a scenario, between 400 and 800 words long, which highlights a clear moral issue; is appropriate for high school students; and is written in a way that encourages civil discourse. The scenario should be framed so the central issue is clearly moral and not simply or primarily legal or professional. Be sure and check out our case archive for examples.

To enter, send your completed case, along with your name, age, school, and teacher’s name to Please use the subject line: “NHSEB Case Competition”.