If you're looking for a way to tell your own story and win prizes, you can try the One Book, One College essay and art contest.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2021-2022 contest.
Essays up to 1,500 words in length will be judged on originality, compelling content and the quality of written expression. Art compositions must exhibit some relation to the book and must be accompanied by a minimum 50 word artist statement about how the artistic piece connects to the novel. Up to ten finalists will receive a cash prize and will read their essays at an awards ceremony.
One Book, One College Presents
Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home Essay and Art Contest
These 15 poignant stories by 15 different authors portray the ways that people find their way to the United States from a range of countries: Argentina, Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and others. The journey is not always easy, and the welcome is not always a warm one. The characters in these stories face travel bans, cultural differences, skeptical relatives, and even their own self doubt. Nevertheless, the characters find home where they can, whether that new home is New York City, NY, or El Monte, CA. A golden line from one of the stories: “She had her family supporting her from afar, an anchor and wings, all at the same time.” (Summary written by Neil Watkins)
Have you ever had to move from one place to another? Do you know where your ancestors are originally from? What was their story and consequently yours? Do you empathize with people who might need to emigrate to the United States due to circumstances that are out of their control? If any of these things relate to you, tell that story. We want to hear from you.
The art contest asks you to make an art piece that in some way relates directly to this book. The options are plentiful. You could draw, paint, sculpt, write a poem, perform a song, perform a skit, make a video, etc. There are many ways to create art that relates to this book.
If you choose this option, please also submit an artist’s statement that explains how this work relates to the book. It should be between 50 and 100 words.
Visit chaffeyreview.org to submit your essay/artwork now through Friday, March 25th, 2022. Essays up to 1,500 words in length will be judged on originality, compelling content, and the quality of written expression. Artwork will be judged on how well it relates to the college book as well as its aesthetic quality. Up to ten finalists will receive a cash prize and will read their essays at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 29th, 2022 from 6-8 pm via this Zoom link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/8983610918 (Links to an external site.)