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2017-2018 WITESOL Writing and Art Contest

THEME: “Everyone is Important”

Students can explore this theme with an essay, a poem or art. Students can write about why they think everyone is important, or share a personal story that shows how someone is important to them. For art, students can create images that show special human connections or people communicating importance to others. Art can also honor groups of people. Poems can be about why everyone is important or they can focus on an important person. Character poems are also welcome. Any idea that honors the importance of a human being or group of people is acceptable.

WITESOL will be accepting submissions from December 15, 2017 until February 19, 2018. Any Wisconsin teacher who is a WITESOL member can enter up to 3 ELL entries per category. Student work from the 2017-2018 school year is eligible. We look forward to viewing artwork and reading personal essays and poems from students of all ages.

RULES

1. Entrants: Only English Language 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).

2. Format: Entries must be written in English. All entries must be typed. Each composition should have a title, a body of at least five sentences and a maximum of 350 words. Any medium is acceptable for an art project. It should be completed on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper, or even a larger size. We are only accepting scanned copies of the artwork or a digital photo.

3. Topic: The 2017-2018 contest theme is “Everyone is Important.” Students can explore this theme with an essay, a poem or art. Students can write about why they think everyone is important, or share a personal story that shows how someone is important to them. For art, students can create images that show special human connections or people communicating importance to others. Art can also honor groups of people. Poems can be about why everyone is important or they can focus on an important person. Character poems are also welcome. Any idea that honors the importance of a human being or group of people is acceptable.

4. Submission Process: Each teacher may submit a maximum of three compositions and three art projects on each level. A separate entry form must accompany each essay or art project.

As it gets closer to the start of the contest, we will also be have printable contest instructions available online.

DEADLINE: February 19, 2018

JUDGING

The student’s teacher may make suggestions for improvement. However, the final composition or artwork should reflect the student’s own best effort. A committee made up of WITESOL Executive Board members and other member judges will make the final determination on work submitted. Essays 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 prize for each level)

If you have questions, please email Anjie at witesolcontest@gmail.com

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