SKOWHEGAN — The University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Library is accepting entries for its 16th annual essay contest for high school seniors.

From church sermons to conference sessions and campaign speeches, high anxiety is expressed in these years of post-9/11 and the Great Recession that the American Dream is unraveling and that succeeding generations will see lower standards of living, according to a release. In this year’s essays, the library invites Maine high school seniors to assess the current state of national affairs and describe their vision of the American Dream for the 21st century.

Entries are due April 2. Results will be announced May 1. The library will award prizes to the top eight essays: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $125 for third place and $25 for each of five honorable mentions.

To submit entries or for more information, contact David Richards, Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976; or call 474- 7133 extension 102.