The first place finisher in each category will receive a cash prize of $100. Second and third place may be recognized but will not receive a cash prize.



  • Submit an original written essay or poem. Plagiarism (using someone else’s work without attribution) will result in disqualification and will be reported to your LIA teacher.
  • Your essay or poem can be written in English, Spanish, or both languages.
  • Your essay or poem can have a maximum of 500 (five hundred) words and poems can have a maximum of 50 (fifty) lines. Please double space your essay and set the margins of your essay to 1” (one inch). Poems can be single spaced.

What to Create:

  • Your original writing should incorporate and/or portray the “Make It Happen” theme.

How to Submit to Work:

  • Your essay or poem can only be uploaded in pdf format. Please make sure your first and last name appear at the top left of your document.

Judging Criteria:

  • Presentation of the “Make It Happen” theme.
  • Organization, creativity, style, descriptive language, imagery.
  • Proper use of grammar and punctuation.

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020