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Creative Writing

2022 Creative Writing Contest Theme


"How Can Art and Music Change Our Lives?” 

Submit Your Essay

Contest Rules

1. Open to 8th grade students in South Florida. One entry per student. Entries limited to a maximum of 500 words, 12-point font, typed and/or Word or PDF file format.  Essays must be written in English. Essay Format ONLY.

2. The top 10 finalists will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on April 10, 2022. Of the finalists, three winning essays will be selected by a team of judges based on the following criteria: attention to theme, originality and depth of meaning.

3. Essays must be received via online entry form (below) by March 18, 2022.

Creative Writing Judging Criteria

1. Splendid prose

2. Attention to theme

3. Depth of meaning

4. Depth of expression

5. Originality

6. Genuineness of voice

7. Grammatical correctness

Prizes Awarded

1st Place Winning Student Essay receives $750 in cash and prizes

2nd Place wins $500

3rd Place wins $250

Winning Teachers receive:

1st Place wins $350

2nd Place wins $250

3rd Place wins $150

**When your class submits 5 essays, your school will be entered into a raffle to win a cash prize of $500

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Congratulations to our Winners!

2021 Finalists

Click the name to read their winning essay.

1st Place Winner - Devorah Benveniste

Trey Knight, 2021 Guest Speaker

Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures, Wellness & Recreation Department, University of Miami

Creative Writing Chairs: Jennifer Forbes

Director: Connie Goodman-Milone

Committee Members: Anthony Broad & Jenny Lopez-Ponce


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