North Florida/South Georgia

I  Am BLACK HISTORY:  Family Traditions

ESSAY CONTEST 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™  is pleased to announce its First Annual

I Am BLACK HISTORY” Essay Contest.

This essay contest officially begins Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and ends Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm. The contest is open to 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who attend public or charter schools in the nine (9) counties covered by the North Florida/South Georgia BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ program. Schools and students must be in one of the Florida or Georgia counties listed below.

Florida counties: Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin
Georgia counties: Thomas, Grady and Decatur

PRIZE WINNERS

One (1) First-place, one (1) Second-place, and one (1) Third-place Winner essays will be selected for each grade (5th, 6th and 7th) – for a total of nine (9) winning essays.

All essay contest winners will be notified by their school principals in mid-January 2020.

Each first-place winner and his/her parent or guardian will be invited to attend the BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ Kickoff Reception on Saturday, February 1, 2020 to read his/her essay. Each first-place winner will also be invited to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to read his/her essay at a special event. Details of the TCC event will be disclosed after winners are announced.

PRIZES 

First-place winners in each grade will receive a cash prize of $100 each. 
Second-place winners in each grade will receive a cash prize of $50 each.
Third-place winners in each grade will receive a cash prize of $25 each.

Cash prizes will be provided by and presented to all winners at the BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ Kickoff Reception on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

All three (3) first-place winners will be asked to read their winning essays at the BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ Kickoff Reception on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Additional prizes may be added before February 1, 2020.

ENTRY SUBMISSION DEADLINE DATE

This essay contest officially ends Friday, December 20th at 5:00pm. All submissions MUST be submitted ON-LINE at BHMFtally.com.  At 5:00pm, December 20th, the submission site will no longer accept any entries.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES * RULES * REQUIREMENTS

Entries for the first annual “I Am BLACK HISTORY” Essay Contest should be based on

Your Family Traditions.

A Family Tradition is a custom or belief that has been passed down from one generation to another -or- a recently started tradition that your family hopes will continue for years to come. It can be something as simple as a common way of doing things within your family or a belief or story handed down in your family about an ancestor, item or place – something considered part of your family’s legacy. 

Traditions often enhance or strengthen family bonds and create fond memories. Those traditions could be stories that are told year after year during the holidays, family games or activities that are fun, or rituals handed down from generation to generation. For this essay contest, you may describe (in 250 words or fewer) a family tradition as it relates to Black culture that illustrates a fond memory for you – or you may interview a family member or Black person in your community about a family tradition and share the interview in essay format. While family members or others may help the student with the content of the essay, the student must write his/her own essay. If there is any evidence that suggests anyone other than the student wrote the essay, the student will be disqualified.

GUIDELINES

All essay contest submissions must be provided on-line at the BHMFtally.com no later than Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5:00pm. Essay entries must be no more than 250 words.

Students who submit an essay for judging must be currently enrolled in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade  at a public or charter school in one of the nine (9) listed counties at the time of entry.

Each student must submit his/her entry with the subject heading “Student Essay” – with the grade they are currently enrolled in.

SEE EXAMPLES below —

Student Essay/Grade 5   –OR–  Student Essay/Grade 6    –OR–     Student Essay/Grade 7

The essay may be typed, or copier/printer generated, or hand-printed legibly in pencil or ink. Hand-printed entries MUST NOT be written in cursive.

All essay entries MUST BE THE ORIGINAL WORK of the student whose name appears on the entry form. Plagiarism is NOT allowed.

Only one essay per student will be accepted. Essays shall be no more than 250 words.

OPTIONAL PHOTO
Students who want to include a photo to accompany their essay may upload one along with their essay.  The accompanying photo should compliment the essay; and include persons or images that are part of the essay. ONLY ONE photo may be uploaded for your essay. Photos must be uploaded to the BHMFtally.com site with the essay.

Children who are relatives of this essay’s contest judges, BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ Advisory Council or Subcommittee Members, sponsors or program partners may submit entries, but are NOT eligible to win prizes. Entries provided by children who are relatives MUST have the CRITIQUE ONLY box checked on the online submission

ANY ENTRY THAT DOES NOT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

JUDGING CRITERIA FOR ESSAY ENTRIES
Essay entries will be judged on appeal of the family tradition story, originality, creativity and clarity of expression.

Whether the story is dramatic or humorous – judges will be looking for the traditions in African American families that occur and bind the family. Stories can be about family dining traditions; daily, weekly, monthly or yearly gatherings: funny events that are part of family history; events that include more than one generation (children, parents, grandparents and others); or any tradition that tells YOUR FAMILY STORY.

JUDGES

Judges for the “I Am BLACK HISTORY” Essay Contest will include members of the BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL™ Advisory Council who are professional educators and other individuals whose backgrounds are suitable to serve as judges for this contest.  A list of judges will be provided on our website in mid-January 2020.

THE ESSAY CONTEST IS NOW CLOSE.  YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN OTHER WAYS. CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW