2018-2019 Essay Contest

An invitation to the making of history.


Enter for a chance to win $1,040.40 + the opportunity to present your essay as our Main Keynote Speaker at the 40th Annual Minnesota Hmong New Year!

Contest Deadline: October, 31, 2018
40th THEME: “Passing the Torch”
No application fee!

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Overview of Contest:
The purpose of this Essay Contest is to allow creative minds and brilliant students the platform to capture the meaning of the 40th MN Hmong New Year THEME: Passing the Torch. Each writer must stitch all three—the past, the present, and the future—into one coherent, compelling, and beautiful tapestry that serves as a catalyst for uniting Hmong people.

The Past (yesterday):
The torch can be things that come to mind—such as notable leaders, watershed moments, celebrations, school, work, fashion, music—when reminiscing about the time from 1979 to 1999.

The Present (today):
The torch might include important milestones in education, in business, in political participation, advancement in gender equality and leadership roles, changes in Hmong social mores; inroads into mainstream sports and entertainments fields; and anything else that goes to show Hmong, as a community, has come a long way—from 2000 to 2018.

The Future (tomorrow):
Submissions can shine the spotlight on preparations and the possibilities that await our community in the realms of education, business, science, mainstream sports and entertainments, and public services—calling special attention to current aspirants, the younger generations, and our children.

Challenge yourself. Make history!

Download the application and rubric below.

Font Size, Margins, and Length

  • Use default Microsoft Word margins: 1 inch, top and bottom; 1.25 inch, left and right

  • 12-point (Times New Roman)

  • Double spaced with no single spacing anywhere and no extra spacing anywhere nor between paragraphs

  • No more than 1,000 words or 4 pages (but no less than 750 words or 3 pages)

How to SUBMIT:

Submit completed APPLICATION and ESSAY to: hny40essay@gmail.com

OR via mail/dropped off into mailbox during business hours (9-5pm)

The United Hmong Family, Inc.
ATTN: Essay Contest
2385 Ariel St. N
Maplewood, MN 55109

Questions? Email hny40essay@gmail.com