Enter WordPlay and the Library’s Native American History & Culture Essay Contest

Written by Rachelle Shells, Branch Manager, College Hill Branch Library

Calling all young writers! Enter the Library’s and WordPlay Cincy’s Native American History & Culture Essay Contest, opens a new window for grades 7–12 about the rights and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Gift cards will be awarded to three winning writers after the contest ends on November 7, 2022.

This contest is one of the activities leading up to a May 2023 visit from award-winning There, There author Tommy Orange. Orange’s visit is made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant.

Find the contest’s rules and guidelines – and submit your essay – on our website, opens a new window.

Writing Workshops with Wordplay Cincy

Need a helping hand with your essay? Wordplay Cincy, opens a new window is hosting free, optional essay-writing workshops at select CHPL branch libraries. At each workshop, a Wordplay Cincy Teaching Artist will help you with the writing prompts, share resources about Indigenous peoples, cultures, and experiences, provide an understanding how to use language respectfully, and reflect critically on one’s own privilege, point of view, and intentions.

Join one of the four writing workshops in September:


Three essays will be selected as winners of the essay contest and earn grand prizes:

  • First place: $150 Visa gift card
  • Second place: $75 Visa gift card
  • Third place: $50 Visa gift card.

Thanks to our funder! The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.

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