Celebrate America Creative Writing 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 winner reads his or her winning entry at the American Immigration Council’s American Heritage Awards each June.

The deadline for AILA chapters to submit their local winner to enter the national contest is April 7, 2017. 

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 no later than April 7, 2017.

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.

For Coordinators

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