2021 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest

For the twelfth year Fort Collins Reads is sponsoring a writing contest for sixth through twelfth grades in celebration of our visiting author. This year National Book Award Finalist author Kali Fajardo-Anstine will be speaking at the Lincoln Center and on livestream on Saturday afternoon, October 23 at 2:00.

ESSAY TOPIC: THIS YEAR’S FORT COLLINS READS BOOK SABRINA & CORINA IS ABOUT DIFFERENT FAMILIES’ STORIES. TELL YOUR STORY ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOUR FAMILY SPECIAL. YOU CAN INCLUDE CHALLENGES YOUR FAMILY HAS SURVIVED, FAMILY CULTURE OR TRADITIONS, AN EXPERIENCE YOUR FAMILY LEARNED FROM, OR ANY OTHER SUBJECT THAT FITS YOUR VERY SPECIAL FAMILY.

Teachers need to submit essays in PDF files sent to Nick Peterson, PSD Community Partnership Coordinator npeterson@psdschools.org by Monday, October 11. Judges will be Front Range Community College writing students.

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

Name:
Grade:
School:
Phone or e-mail:
Teacher:

Prizes include tickets to the author event where you will be recognized, a gift card for Old Firehouse Books, and a journal. Our 2021 author will have copies of the winning essays.

If you have questions, please contact Nick Peterson from PSD npeterson@psdschools.org or Marty Marsh from Fort Collins Reads: martymmarsh13@gmail.com

2020 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest

For the eleventh year Fort Collins Reads has sponsored a writing contest for sixth through twelfth grades in celebration of our visiting author. This year nationally acclaimed author Alice Hoffman was a speaker during a virtual presentation on November 1st facilitated by Maureen Corrigan of “NPR.”

ESSAY TOPIC: IN ALICE HOFFMAN’S NOVEL, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW, A MAGICAL GOLEM SUPPORTS AND PROTECTS THE 12 YEAR OLD MAJOR CHARACTER. WRITE A STORY ABOUT SOMEONE (RELATIVE, FRIEND, TEACHER, COACH, NEIGHBOR) WHO HAS SUPPORTED YOU WITH THE GIFT OF THEIR TIME AND KNOWLEDGE.

FORT COLLINS READS ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS:

Brittany Gutierrez Cuevas, sixth grade, “Learning Things That Could Change Your Life,”Lesher Middle School, Teacher:  Andrew Reyes

Sophia DelMuro, sixth grade, “Learning to Play Guitar,” Lesher Middle School, Teacher:  Andrew Reyes

Mazzy Dynowski, sixth grade, Poudre Global Academy, Teacher:  Stacy Denham

Justice Emery, sixth grade, “Sunday Snow Day,” Lesher Middle School, Teacher:  Josh Swann

Lavinia Franco, sixth grade, Lesher Middle School, Teacher:  Andrew Reyes

Gracyn Redmon, sixth grade,  Lesher Middle School, Teacher:  Josh Swann

READ THE WINNING ESSAYS HERE! 

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.