Do you want to voice your opinion on recent social and academic issues? Do you want to make your voice heard? Submitting to the O Henry writing project would be the perfect opportunity to write about the recent happenings. We want O Henry voices responding to these serious issues, so be sure to have a well informed response to the prompts below.
1) What is your opinion on the NFL protests that have been happening recently? Do you agree with the protesters thoughts, or do you have a different opinion? Be sure to make your response as well written as possible, and we will show your submission on the O Henry Writing Project!
2) The movement to topple Confederate monuments has sparked much controversy and debate over the months, and we want to know your opinion on the issue, why do you think people are angry about the monuments? Was it correct to start taking them down in the first place? If you were put in charge of these statues, what would you do?
3) A lot of students and teachers across AISD are angry about the district mandated, I STATION tests students take each year over reading comprehension, spelling, and fluency. What is your opinion on the issue? If you were president of the school district, what would you put in place? We want to know your opinion on I STATION, so don't be afraid to tell what you feel to be the truth.
If you haven't stayed up to date on these issues, here are some links to unbiased news sources to help inform you on them.
Did you see the amazing Jason Reynolds author visit at O. Henry? If so, chances are you were mesmerized by the raw passion and honesty of this incredible author. It was truly an inspiring event.
With that in mind, the O. Henry Writing Project is having its first ever writing contest. Simply respond to the prompt below. Submissions will be judged by a panel of teachers and students. The top three submissions will be featured on this site. The TOP submission will get one dollar (just kidding). You'll actually win Austin (not San Antonio) Spurs tickets and get all sorts of praise and attention. There may be additional prizes announced.
Here's the prompt:
What did the Jason Reynolds author visit mean to you? Yep, that's it. It's super simple, but feel free to be as creative as you'd like in your response--raps, poems, stories, or essays are all great ideas. One requirement: responses over 500 words will not be considered.
Submissions are due on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4 PM. Good luck!
Click THE GALLERIES --> SUBMIT YOUR WRITING above to enter the contest.