National Caribbean American Heritage Month Youth Essay Competition

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1657″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”left-to-right”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″]The Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition (“GCAC Coalition”) announces the eighth Annual, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Youth Essay Competition. The competition is designed to commemorate the historic passage of Congressional Resolution 71, declaring June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The Coalition is partnering with area schools, colleges and organizations such as, Caribbean American Heritage Foundation Inc., the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (“GCACC”), the University of the West Indies Alumni Association and others across the country to organize this regional/local competition.

The essay title is “What Caribbean Culture Means To Me”

The competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students who reside in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and who are of Caribbean heritage as defined by the competition rules. The closing date for the competition is Saturday, May 9 th, 2016 and winning entries in the local/regional competition will be announced at UNIFEST in Lauderdale Lakes, on Sunday, May 15, 2016.[/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]Essay Competition Rules

  • The essay competition is open to 11th and12th grade students who reside in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and were either born in the Caribbean and/or have at least one parent or guardian who was born in the Caribbean.
  • Entries must be submitted as an individual effort, and must be original unpublished work. Essays should not be concurrently submitted for other competitions. Only one essay will be accepted from each author.
  • Entries in this essay competition must be titled: “What Caribbean Culture Means To Me” While the content of the essay is of primary concern, proper grammar and spelling will also be factors in the judging.
  • The essays should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words, typewritten, double-spaced, 8 ½” by 11” (letter-size) paper with all pages numbered. Margins must be 1 inch. The absolute minimum or maximum number of words must be observed.
  • The essay must be written in English and all entries must include a bibliography.
  • Entries that do not comply with any of the competition rules will be disqualified. A separate entry form and cover sheet with the following details must be included: essay title, writer’s name, sex, grade and word count. Neither writer’s name, nor the writer’s country of Caribbean heritage should appear in the main essay.
  • The editorial board of the GCAC Coalition reserves the right to edit essays selected for publication. All essays become the property of the GCAC Coalition and will not be returned.
  • The essays will be assessed in confidence by an independent panel of judges. Family members of the independent panel, and Unifest Essay committee are ineligible to participate in the essay competition.
  • No appeals will be entertained. Results of the local competition will be announced on May 15, 2016 at UNIFEST 2016.
  • Prizes* will be awarded for first, second and third place entries. Fourth and fifth place entries will be recognized with an honorable mention award. All awards and recognition will be solely at the discretion of the judging panel.
  • Award winners will be informed by mail or email and appropriate presentations of prizes* made.

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1st place: $500

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2nd place: $250

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3rd. place: $100


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Essays should be mailed or emailed in .PDF format to Attn: Alison Adams or Patrick Buchanan, GCAC Coalition. Entries must be submitted no later than May 9th, 2016.[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″]Contact:

Essay Competition Chair. Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition
4429 Hollywood Blvd Suite #3236 Hollywood, Florida 33081
Telephone: 954-326-2399
Email: info[at][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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