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Creative Writing

2022 Creative Writing Contest Theme


"How Can Art and Music Change Our Lives?”


Winners Announced!


First Place: Cig Keeling

Teacher: Victoria Castells, Miami Arts Charter

Second Place: Elior Weinberger

Third Place: Noa Garson

Teacher: Jennifer Ohana, RASG Hebrew Academy

Finalists Announced

All finalists, their families, friends and teachers are invited to attend this Sunday, April 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. There is a city garage conveniently located across from the Museum at 220 Aragon Ave, as well as an additional metered parking lot on the opposite side of the museum entrance, at 338 Giralda Ave. Metered street parking is also available along Aragon Avenue and Giralda Avenue.

Key Dates

January 4 - Submissions Open

March 18 at Midnight - Submissions Closed

April 4 - Top 10 Finalists Announced via email and on website

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

Please be sure to include your name at the top of your essay, as well as your name in the file name of the pdf.

"Student Name JrOB CW Essay.pdf"

Chad Bernstein, Awards Ceremony Guest Speaker

Co-Founder / CEO of Guitars over Guns

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners!

Click the name to read their winning essay.

1st Place Winner - Devorah Benveniste

Creative Writing Chair: Jennifer Forbes

Director: Anthony Broad

Committee Members: Connie Goodman-Milone & Jenny Lopez-Ponce


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