Can I use my common app essay to enter a writing competition?

Basically, as the title says, I was wondering if I could use my personal essay to enter a writing competition. The winner is to have their essay published. The reason I ask is because I think my common app essay was actually fairly decent and happens to align with the prompt quite well.

Thank you and I hope you’re all well!


Absolutely yes! It’s your work. Use it wherever you like. You may find it useful for scholarship applications. Good luck!

Yes! This is definitely something you can do!

It’s your personal creation, so you are free to do with it what you wish.