Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

The Margaret Chase Smith Library is pleased to announce the topic of its twenty-first annual essay contest — drug abuse.  As far back as 1951, Senator Smith warned that “one of the great threats to our country today is the preying of narcotic peddlers upon our children.”  Since the 1980s, the nation has waged a war on drugs with mixed results.  The Margaret Chase Smith Library invites Maine high school seniors to propose how they would address the current lethal drug epidemic.

 Entries are due by April 1, 2017 and decisions will be announced on May 1st. Prizes are $50 for five honorable mentions, $250 for third place, $500 for second place, and $1000 for first place. For more information, visit the Library’s website ( or contact John Taylor at 474-7133. 


Located in Skowhegan, Maine, the Library is owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine.