Essays should be 1,000-2,500 words. All entries should have titles and should be typed (double-spaced, 12-point font, standard margins. The deadline for entries is May 15.
All entries should be sent as e-mail attachments to Dr. Shane Rasmussen at Rasmussen@nsula.edu or by mail to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497. Entries should include a separate cover page with the student’s name, school affiliation, mailing address and the title of the entry. E-mailed entries should have 2015 Louisiana High School Essay Contest in the subject line.
Prize-winning participants will be notified by July 15. Prizes are $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Essay contest winners will also receive a $200 per semester Northwestern State scholarship with a value up to $1,600 for four years. This award is in addition to other scholarship awards the student may receive from NSU. To be eligible, essay winners must complete scholarship application packet to the university by Dec. 1 of their senior year. Winners must also have at least a 20 ACT composite or 950 on the SAT, as well as at least a 2.0 GPA. Essay winners also need to submit proof of the award.
The three prize-winning entries will be published in the Louisiana Folklife Journal, an academic journal produced by the Louisiana Folklife Center. Rasmussen is editor. Entries may be subject to minor revision before publication. Submission to the contest entails granting permission to publish the entry in the journal. The three winners will be invited to present their essay at the 7th annual Louisiana Studies Conference at NSU, to be held Sept. 12.
The contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research and the Office of University Recruiting. More information is available at louisianafolklife.nsula.edu.