Help Get the Word Out: Student Essay Contest with Cash Prizes

Know a student or two with a story? Let them know that now through April 30, they can enter to win a cash prize by submitting an essay to the 2nd Annual Chemeketa Reads Essay Contest. The contest wants to hear about our students’ stories, including –

  • Illustrate a time when humor, imagination or resourcefulness allowed you to overcome hardship
  • Describe your fiercest advocate and how that individual supported you through troubled times
  • Essay contest is open to all current Chemeketa students (not employees of the college, with the exception of student workers)
  • Essay must respond to one of the above prompts
  • One entry per student
  • Essays must not contain names or other personal identifiers.
  • All writing materials must be exclusively student-created
  • Entries become the property of the Chemeketa Reads project and may be used at events and in publicity materials
  • Essay must be between 500-750 words; essays longer or shorter will not be considered
Last year’s contest winner Tyson
  • Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2019 using the online form
  • Winners will be notified by May 23, 2019

Essay Award Ceremony is May 23 in the Student Center. Monetary awards are as follows –

  • First place – $500
  • Three runners-up – $100 each
  • Students are encouraged to visit the Study Skills Center (Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 212-A) and attend one of the writing workshops that will be offered in April
  • The tutoring center, writing center and online writing center are all available to assist students with drafting their essay

Chemeketa Reads is a collaborative project between the Reading and Writing programs, the Library, the Diversity and Equity Office and is made possible through a generous sponsorship from Atala Consulting. For questions or help in submitting, contact Michele Burke at ext. 4711 or