Make sure you are familiar with all the rules of the 2016 Writing and Art Challenge.
For best results use our ONLINE ENTRY FORM. The deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM on May 20, 2016.
Activate notifications on our Facebook Page to keep up to date on the progress of the Challenge (there is a drop down option to receive notifications in the box where you “like” the page).
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No! You may enter the Writing Challenge OR the Art Challenge OR both — it’s up to you!
Yes, by different judging panels. All entries are judged anonymously.
Yes! It happened last year! One student won a prize in both categories!
Absolutely! We hope that you consult with teachers and mentors, seek advice, and incorporate their suggestions into your work. Your entry, however, must be 100% your own work product. By entering the challenge, you are certifying that the entry is 100% your work.
YES! Entries will be judged on relevance, talent and concept rather than the materials used to create them. Look at last year’s winners to get an idea of the broad range of entries!
There is no secret formula to creating a great poem. Make sure you read our interview with Writing Judge Peter Balakian: Peter is a best selling author and poet and in the interview he describes what he looks for in a poem.
The Writing and Art Challenges both range from Grade 5 through Young Adults (through age 24). There are three categories for the Writing Challenge and two age categories for the Art Challenge.
Yes, as long as you can establish to the satisfaction of LCE’s judges that you are Lakota, a full-time student, a resident of Pine Ridge and that you meet the age or grade criteria of one of the categories.
Maybe! The Middle School category of the Writing Challenge includes 5th graders this year!
Although we do not offer monetary prizes for elementary school students below the 5th grade level, we will accept entries from younger students and we will forward those entries to the judges for their review. Everyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Achievement and will be invited to attend the awards ceremonies in the Spring of 2016. Make sure you have your parent’s or a guardian’s consent to enter.
You will be notified by email by March 31, 2016, so make sure that when you enter, you provide us with all required information!
If you enter using our ONLINE ENTRY FORM, you can’t really mess this up! If you enter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, then you must include with your entry:
No. Each entry will be judged separately and those with the highest scores will be named winners. If you enter with a spoken word entry, then you must provide a transcript of your entry and either submit a link to a video or attach an audio file.
Yes, but you must provide the judges with a translation of the Lakota words used in your entry.
Yes! Send us an email at email@example.com and we will send you as many copies as you need. Please make sure to include your mailing address in the request and tell us how many copies you would like to have.
No. Please ask your teachers, school administrators or neighbors to help you submit your electronic entry. LCE is not responsible for misdirected mail or email but will acknowledge receipt of all entries within 48 hours. Please make sure that you provide active contact information so that we can reach you. You can access an ONLINE ENTRY FORM HERE or you can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry must be submitted by 11:59PM on February 16, 2015.
We believe in the power of youth, we believe that you see things differently than adults, we believe that your voices should be heard and that your messages should be celebrated. Go for it — you might surprise yourself! We will celebrate all entries at Awards Ceremonies and all entrants will win a Certificate of Achievement!
Award Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for September, 2016, at the schools of the Grand Prize Writing Challenge winners — maybe at YOUR school! Everyone who enters will be invited to the celebrations!