Calling Texan Writers: #ThisTexan Essay Contest

The Institute for Diversity & Civic Life is excited to announce an initiative to share the diverse stories of Texans. Through the #ThisTexan Essay Contest, IDCL aims to provide an opportunity for community members to write about their experiences and thoughts on Texan identity.


This contest falls under the wider #ThisTexan campaign for reframing the way we think about identities in this state. The essay contest will serve as an outlet for participants to give dynamic perspectives with their opinions and insight.

IDCL wants to hear your story about what being a Texan means to you. In 500-1000 words, tell us about how you understand your Texan identity.

In the essay, you may reference how various communities including your own may navigate feelings of belonging, inclusion and exclusion in the state. At the same time, the prompt is open to other deliberations.

You can describe the communities you are a part of and also discuss what you love or hate about Texas. What stands out about the state and makes it unique? Do you feel at home or like a stranger? Feel free to be creative in deciding the content of your essay.

After reading through the entries, IDCL will choose the top three essays to publish on our blog. These essays will also receive gift cards ($100, $50, and $25). The ultimate goal of this contest is to emphasize and appreciate the diversity of the state by passing the mic to you.

Diversity is a strength across highways and borders. Regardless of your background, by nature of living in Texan, you have your own story as a Texan. 

Submit your essay here. Essay submissions are due by midnight on June 1, 2017.

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