Essay and Visual Art Contests

2021 FSCJ Author Series Contests

Each year, the FSCJ Author Series holds student contests focused on the book’s theme. 

Essay Contest

In her book “From Scratch,” Tembi Locke experiences the full range of human emotion through her travels and discovery of culture, family and loss. She builds a culture of her own, combining the magic of the many worlds she inhabits.
In a 500 to 600-word essay, explain what culture means to you. Tembi Locke takes pieces of Italy and the United States with her wherever she goes. How do the places and people you love form the world you’ve created for yourself? 
Format: Double-spaced, MLA-style header and pagination and one-inch margins all around. The essay must have a creative title specific to the topic of your paper. 

Contest Rules: 

  • Attach a cover sheet to the essay that includes your name, email address and phone number.
  • Contest is open to FSCJ students only.
  • By entering this contest, you consent to having your entry displayed in FSCJ galleries.
  • Submission deadline is February 20, 2022. Winners will be announced in March.
  • Only one entry per student will be accepted.
  • Essays will be judged by a panel of FSCJ faculty and staff.

Judging Criteria: 

  • 50% on addressing the theme's message
  • 30% well-developed paragraphs
  • 20% on originality

The essay should be organized with well-developed body paragraphs that highlight the subject's abilities and also contain minimal errors in the area of grammar, punctuation and mechanics.

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2022

Submit entries to Professor Melissa Boyd.


  • First Place: $400
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200