If you're 5 to 18 and can write a short astronomy essay, you can send it in for a shot at prizes ranging from $50 to $200. Even better: if you handwrite the essay and include a self-addressed stamped envelope, you're guaranteed to receive a small fragment of a stony meteorite in return.
The lengths are short: no more than 150 words in the age 5–8 category, and 300 words for ages 16–18. Maybe you make blog and newsgroup posts that long without a second thought. Give one a second thought, and a little extra research and polishing, and it could pay off.
The contest ends Dec. 21, 2008. Information:
Sponsored by Dale Lowdermilk / Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit.