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Contest Prompt

The 2024 All-College Book, ‘Ma and Me’ by Putsata Reang explores salient themes of identity, and aspects of ourselves that make us uniquely who we are. Through this creative expression competition, we ask that you explore aspects of your identity by engaging in a creative work that provides insights to your unique self through your response to the prompt, "I am..."

Contest Rules

There are three categories to choose from. If a student submits more than one entry, only one will be eligible to win the contest.

  • Written Expression
    • Submit an original essay or original poem that is between 50 and 500 words.
    • All entries must:
      • Have a title, the student’s name, and BGSU email on the front page.
      • Be typed in 12-point font.
      • Reflect historical knowledge or research and use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.
      • Be in the student’s own words or include citations.
  • Artistic Expression
    • Submit a photograph, computer-generated art, or a detailed photo or video of an original painting, collage, or drawing.
  • Oral Expression
    • Submit a video that shows the student reciting (not reading) or singing a song, an essay, a poem, or a speech that is the student’s original work. The entry will be judged on its relevance to the themes of the book and the quality of the student’s delivery as shown in the video.
    • All entries must:
      • Be no less than one (1) but not more than three (3) minutes long.
      • Display only one student performing
      • Include the words from the performance



The top three submissions will be selected to receive a place ranking and a prize.

  • The first-place winner will receive a $100 Amazon e-Gift card,
  • second-place will receive a $50 Amazon e-Gift card, and
  • third-place will receive a $25 Amazon e-Gift card.


The contest opens Thursday, February 27, 2024, and submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, March 25, 2024. 


For questions regarding the contest, please contact fireactivites@bgsu.ed

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