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Center for Latino Studies

Hispanic Heritage Month Contest!

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​Awards and Ceremony November 2, 2021 in N930 at 6 PM
Grand Prize: $100

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center for Latino Studies invites submissions of student essays, creative writing, and artwork engaging themes of Latino identity and culture.

Is there a "horror" story in you or maybe an old "aparecdio" story?
A harrowing account of who you are?
A science-fiction tale of Hispanics in the future?
An essay exploring identity or a literary Hispanic work?
An art piece inspired by your heritage?
All ideas touching on the Hispanic-Verse are welcome!

We are accepting admissions in three categories:

  • Academic Essay (works of non-fiction in any academic discipline minimum 750 words, maximum 10,000 words)
  • Creative Writing (short stories, poems, screenplays, etc., no longer than 10,000 words total)
  • Art (drawings, paintings, comics/cartoons, photography, graphic design, sculpture, jewelry, etc, submitted as 2D image file)


  • Current UHD student
  • Submission must be original, created by only the student
  • Each student may enter only one submission to this contest
  • Must directly engage Latino identity and/or culture

How to Enter:

  • Email submissions as attachments to​ by October25, 2021
  • In the subject of the email, write: “Hispanic Heritage Month Contest”
  • Submit written work as a .docx file
  • Submit art as .jpg file
  • File names must list student’s last name, first name, and submission category (e.g.: Martínez_María_Academic Essay)
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a separate .doc file listing the following:
    • 1. the title of the work
    • 2. the author’s name
    • 3. genre
    • 4. submission category, and
    • 5. a one-paragraph explanation of how the work engages Latino identity/culture

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on originality, composition, and engagement with theme.

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Hispanic Heritage​ Contest Winners for 2020

Last updated 3/31/2022 9:50 AM