Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest

Meet the 2017 First Place Winner

We are proud to announce that the first place winner of the American Immigration Council’s 20th Annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest is Lauren Rocke, whose poem was submitted by the Northern California AILA Chapter. Lauren said "I am glad that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants because it brings culture, experiences, and foods to our lives, and because without immigration, a lot of us would not be here.”

Read all the 2017 winning entries »

About the Contest

The Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest challenges fifth graders across the country to reflect on and write about the theme “Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants.”

The contest begins at the local level, with regional contests run by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) chapters. Each chapter sends its first place winning entry to the American Immigration Council for the national contest.

 The national contest winner and her or his parents/ guardians will attend a national event hosted by the American Immigration Council.

Participating in 2018 

The contest begins at the local level, with regional contests run by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) chapters. If you are an interested student or parent, please email us.

The Coordinator Guide provides the national contest requirements, detailed timeline and checklists, as well as sample letters, tips, and forms that may be of use for local contests.

The contest flyer and selling points may also be useful during outreach.

In order to be eligible to compete in the national contest, the winning local entry along with following completed forms must be emailed by AILA chapters.

In the past, some local contests have coordinated for AILA lawyers to visit fifth grade classrooms to discuss the benefits of immigration. For sample lesson plans, you may consider using the following websites as resources.

 



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