Don’t use clear plastic page protectors, and for that matter, the long triangular binders that come with them. First of all, these are a pain to read — it makes turning the pages difficult, and as far as that goes, trust me, staples are just fine! More importantly, though, a plastic cover for every page of your essay prohibits us scholarship judges from doing one thing that we very much like to do, and that’s write on your essay! Maybe it’s an asterisk marking your essay for more consideration later (in other words, a possible winner instead of one bound for the trash), or maybe it’s a note to another judge to “Read this one first, it’s very well done” or some other thing. In any case, we can’t do it if the pages are in plastic protectors. That’s overkill. Don’t do it!