Irving Writes Essay Contest


Contest Theme

Write an essay, no more than 300 words, about a time in your life when you or someone you know showed true grit, by sticking to their goals no matter what stood in the way.

Contest Rules

  • Open to students in grades 4 to 12, and adults
  • Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 to 16, 2017 at any Irving Library location before close of business. Students in Irving ISD schools may submit their entries to a school librarian.
  • One entry per participant.
  • Entries will be judged on theme, originality, and how it ties into this year's community read selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, OR if a student, one of the alternate titles
    • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
    • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
    • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
    • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman
    • Tumbleweed Stew / Sopa de Matojos by Susan Stevens Crummel
  • All submitted essays must be original, legible and suitable for publication. No licensed, copyrighted, trademarked work or plagiarism will be accepted.
  • Essays must be submitted on the official form (download form here (PDF)).
  • Each participant must sign the official form granting the library permission to use name and essay. The essays may be reproduced and published at the will of the library. If under age 18, participants must have the entry signed by a parent or guardian.
  • All essays become the property of the Irving Public Library, and will not be returned to the authors. 
  • Winning essays will be selected in the following categories:
    • 4th and 5th grade
    • 6th to 8th grade
    • 9th to 12th grade
    • Adults
  • Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Prizes will be awarded to the first ($100), second ($75) and third place ($50) in each category.
  • All decisions are final.