2016 Essay theme: "Languages Enrich Your Mind"

Contest Rules:

  • The essay is to be written in English.
  • It must be typed, double-spaced and no more than 300 words in length.
  • The student should set the margins and font to fit the essay onto one page.
  • Each student should submit 3 copies of the essay attached to one cover page that contains the student's name, grade, school, and language teacher's full name. This information should not be on the essay itself.
  • The essays will be judged using the following criteria: USE OF THEME, development of ideas, originality, organization, word coice and vocabulary, and grammar and mechanics.
  • Students will be divided into two divisions according to their grades.
Division I: 9th and 10th graders.

Division II: 11th and 12th graders.

Three cash prizes will be awarded in each division:

1st place -- $25
2nd place --$15
3rd place -- $10

Each teacher may submit FIVE essays in each division.

Teachers must be current members of FLAND. Dues

Essays need to be submitted by FEBRUARY 1st to:
Dr. Paul Cristofaro, Minot State University, Division of Humanities, Hartnett Hall, Minot, ND 58707


Winning essays may be printed in state newspapers during National Foreign Language Week (March 9 -15, 2015) and on the FLAND websites. Essays are not returned to the students. Each student should retain a copy of his/her own essay.
Past contest winners:
FLAND Essay Contest Winners