2019 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest

English Teachers:

For the tenth year Fort Collins Reads is sponsoring a writing contest for sixth through twelfth grades in celebration of our visiting author. This year nationally acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea will be the speaker.  Although his book is an adult novel, the writing topic suits all ages. Students can write personal stories about their families.

TOPIC:   TELL US A STORY ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOUR FAMILY UNIQUE.  IDEAS CAN INCLUDE YOUR CULTURE, FAMILY MEMBERS, A TRADITION YOU CELEBRATE, OR YOUR OWN IDEA.

Essays are due to Beth Higgins, Community Partnership Coordinator,  by Monday, October 21  (Through school mail:  Beth Higgins, Partnership Center or delivered to her at 1630 Stover Street).  Students will be honored from middle and high school categories. Judges will be Front Range Community College writing students.  

Prizes and recognition will be during the evening of Tuesday, October 29, at the Harmony Library at Front Range Community College.

Requirements:  Essays should be around 500 words, typed, and should have the following heading:  

Name:

Grade:

School:

Phone or e-mail:

Teacher:

If you have questions, please contact Beth Higgins bhiggins@psdschools.org or Marty Marsh from Fort Collins Reads:  mmarsh@psdschools.org 

2018 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest

Six middle school winners of the 2018 Fort Collins Reads essay contest were honored on the evening of Tuesday, October 23 at the Harmony Library at FrontRange Community College. This years essay topic was:

TELL A STORY ABOUT A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AN OBSTACLE AND START OVER TO FIND SUCCESS.

Front Range Community College instructor Shawna Jackson Van’s creative writing students judged the essays, and about 40 family members, friends, and judges helped celebrate the excellent writing of these students. Click on their names below to read their work!

Sofia Michelle Fastabend

Daniel Siemers

Layla Mahmoud

Olivia Redmon

Bodhi Klein-Ames

Zoe Glenn

2018 PSD Essay Contest Photos

About the Essay Contest

Each year, Fort Collins reads involves students from Poudre School District and Front Range Community College in our annual essay contest. Each year, Fort Collins Reads leverages the selected novel’s subject matter as a writing prompt for personal essays, submitted by PSD students. Contributions are judged by a panel of FRCC students based on style, structure and how well the material addresses the prompt.