Friendship Essay and Art Contest

The Academy at HBU invites any Houston-area student in sixth through ninth grades to submit an original essay OR an original art piece addressing the nature of friendship in literature or history.  

“When men are friends there is no need for justice,” writes Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics, further claiming that friendship is “an absolute necessity in life.” In an age of injustice and animosity, distrust and disruption, disconnection and loneliness, finding and cultivating true friendships seems increasingly important. But what is a “true friendship”? How is friendship expressed, and what are its limitations? And where can we look for models? These questions have animated and inspired a wide array of poets, fiction writers, literary scholars, historians, philosophers, psychologists, theologians, filmmakers, and artists.

Topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Explorations of secular friendship in Aristotle, Cicero, or other great philosophers and thinkers
  • Investigations of Christian friendship in Augustine, Aquinas, Wesley, Lewis, or other great Christian thinkers
  • Examinations of significant biblical, historical, literary, or cinematic friendships
  • Non-human friendships between animals, nations, institutions, etc.

Students are eligible to submit as many essay and artwork entries as they would like.

 The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2022. 

Grand Prize for each category (essay and art) is $150  

Plus additional essay and art prizes, including grade-level specific prizes

Essay guidelines and submission details can be found here.

Art guidelines and submission details can be found here