2014 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest


The 2014 Contest theme is “Fact vs. Fiction.” Students are invited to explore the following question in their essays: How does the Louisiana that you know compare to the depictions of Louisiana in the mass media?


Personal reflections and experiences are perfectly valid as part of the essay content.


Length: Approximately 1,000 – 2,000 words. All entries should have titles and should be typed (double spaced, 12 point font, standard margins). Deadline: May 15, 2014.


The essay contest is open to all Louisiana students in grades 9-12 regardless of type of school institution, including students in all types of private educational environments, as well as home schooled students.


All entries should be sent as e-mail attachments to Dr. Shane Rasmussen, rasmussens@nsula.edu or by mail to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497. Please include a separate cover page with your name, school affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of your entry. “2014 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest” should be the subject line of e-mails. Prize winning students will be notified by June 30, 2014.


The prizes for the contest winners are: 1st place – $150; 2nd place – $100; and 3rd place – $50. In addition, essay contest winners will receive a $200/per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1600 for four years. This award is in addition to other scholarship awards that the student may receive from Northwestern State University. To be eligible, essay winners must submit a complete scholarship application packet to the university by December 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 to be eligible. 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, Northwestern State University, General Editor, Dr. Shane Rasmussen. (Entries may be subject to minor revision before publication.) Submission to the contest entails granting permission to publish the entry in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. The three prize winning students will also be invited to present their essay at the 6th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Saturday September 20, 2014.


Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University: http://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/.


Dr. Lisa Abney, Provost, Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs, and Professor of English (co-chair)


Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (co-chair)


Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and Associate Professor of English (co-chair)


Sponsored by the Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research, and the NSU Office of Recruiting at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.