Students in grades kindergarten through college are invited to share their unique personalities and experiences with celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle through a special essay contest. The contest is open to students diagnosed with celiac disease or students who are members of a family dealing with celiac disease.The essay should be either written in ink or typed and approximately 500 words or less. Pre-writers may dictate their thoughts to an adult scribe.
The essay will be evaluated on the six traits of writing: voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions. It should include an introduction, topic development, support and structure.
Awards and prizes will be given in appropriate divisions including grades K-4/elementary, 5-8/middle school, 9-12/high school, and college. With permission, winning essays will be printed in Lifeline and on the CSA website.
The essays will be judged by a panel from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Nebraska Affiliate-the Nebraska English Language Arts Council (NELAC) and CSA staff. All essays will become the property of CSA; submission of an essay constitutes permission for use by CSA.
Entries must be post marked by December 1. Winners will be notified and announced in CSA publications and on the website.
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