RSN's 12th Annual Essay Contest is now closed for Submissions!!!

Judging the essays now begins and the winners will be announced after Labor Day!

THIS YEAR'S THEME: "Explain a choice you've made to improve your health and how it could benefit others"

First Place, $500; Second Place, $300; and Third Place, $100 and the winning essays will be featured in RSN's publication, Live & Give, and posted on

Below are the winning essays from last year's contest:
1st Place - "The Desperate Truth-Seeker" by Risa Simon
2nd Place - "The Black Binder" by Mary Wu
3rd Place (Tie) - "Old-Fashioned Self-Discipline" by Susan Decuir
3rd Place (Tie) - "A Trip to the Castle" by Elizabeth Usher

“People who live successfully with a chronic illness like kidney disease know firsthand the importance of having an innovative perspective not only toward their illness, but also toward life in general. There is an abundance of talent within the renal patient community, and the RSN Essay Contest provides people who have CKD with a forum where they can share their experiences, strength, and hope, as well as inspire others."
                                  - Lori Hartwell, RSN President and Founder


2014 Contest Rules

Commemorative Essay Book

Learn more about this collection of 10 years of winning essays! Published in 2013 and available for purchase. Click Here