Writing and Art Contest

Writing and Art Contest 2022-2023!

DEADLINE: Monday, February 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (CST)

THEME: “My Favorite Hobby”

Cash Prizes for EL Students of WITESOL Members!

ELECTRONIC FORMAT
We will use an electronic format for submissions, judging and the published winner’s book. Teachers will submit their writing and art entries via this form and must also email witesolboard@gmail.com for art entries. One separate entry form must be completed per piece of writing or artwork.

RULES
1. Entrants: Only English Learners currently enrolled in a class or program taught by a teacher who is a current WITESOL member are eligible. Entrants must be enrolled in one of the following levels of education: primary (K-2), intermediate (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), or adult education (university, technical college or other ESL/literary program).

Format: Entries must be written in English. All entries must be typed. Each essay should have a title, a body of at least five sentences and a maximum of 350 words. Poetry can be up to one page, free verse or rhyme. Any form is acceptable for an art project (crayons, pencils, painting, photography, multimedia, 3D, etc.). The artwork will then need to be photographed and the photo is what will be submitted into the art contest. We are only able to accept digital photos of the artwork in a jpeg, jpg, or png format. We will not accept scanned copies or PDFs.

Theme: “My Favorite Hobby”

Click here to submit a student entry!

Submission Process: Each teacher may submit a maximum of three writing pieces and three art pieces for each level. A separate entry form must accompany each essay, poem and art project. Teachers will submit essays and poems individually through our website form, and art work will be submitted to this email address: witesolboard@gmail.com. Teachers should consult our entry form for specific directions about submitting artwork because both the electronic form and an email is needed in the art category. 

All participating teachers will receive a participation certificate that can be printed and given to all students who participate regardless if they win a cash award or not.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (CST)

JUDGING
The student’s teacher may make suggestions for improvement. However, the final essay or artwork should reflect the student’s own best effort. A committee made up of WITESOL members will serve as judges and they will make the final determination on work submitted. Essays and poetry will be judged on the basis of content, originality, organization and adherence to the rules of the contest. Artwork will be judged on the basis of content, originality and adherence to the rules of the contest.

AWARDS
A total of 15 prizes will be awarded for writing:
5 prizes of $50 each (one first prize for each level)
5 prizes of $30 each (one second prize for each level)
5 prizes of $20 each (one third prize for each level)

A total of 6 prizes will be awarded for art:
1 prize of $50 (grand prize winner)
5 prizes of $30 each (one first prize for each level)

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