2020 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest
For the eleventh 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 Alice Hoffman will be the speaker during a virtual presentation facilitated by Maureen Corrigan of “NPR.”
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.
Essays in the pdf format are due to Beth Higgins, Community Partnership Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Wednesday, October 28 through a Zoom ceremony.
Requirements: Essays should be around 500 words, typed, and should have the following heading:
Phone or e-mail:
If you have questions, please contact Beth Higgins email@example.com or Marty Marsh from Fort Collins
2019 Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest
On the evening of Thursday, November 7, Fort Collins Reads recognized the winners of our 2019 PSD essay contest. This year’s topic was, “Tell a Story About What Makes Your Family Unique.” Shawna Jackson’s creative writing students at Front Range Community College were the judges, and this year an audience of 50 met in the West Conference Room at the college.
Read the winning essays below!
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!
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.