Theme:  "An Ideal Day in Louisiana"

DEADLINE:  November 15, 2018



Guidelines (Click here for printable Guidelines)

•Participation in the essay contest must be through a PTA/PTSA unit in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible. It is the responsibility of the district and local PTA/PTSA unit to determine each student’s eligibility in the contest.

•Students may enter in the appropriate grade division:

 PRIMARY: Preschool - Grade 2                      INTERMEDIATE: Grades 3 - 5
 MIDDLE/JUNIOR: Grades 6 – 8                     SENIOR: Grades: 9 – 12

•If students do not fall into a specific grade division, it is suggested that they be grouped as follows. It is the responsibility of the local PTA/PTSA unit to determine the appropriate division if necessary.

PRIMARY:  up to age 7                                   INTERMEDIATE: ages 8 - 10
MIDDLE/JUNIOR: ages 11 - 13                       SENIOR: ages 14+

•The essay title will be “An Ideal Day in Louisiana”.

•Resources should be listed on the official entry form. Students are encouraged to contact their local Chamber of Commerce, Visitor and Convention Bureau, Historical Societies, City Hall and public library for information concerning their area.

•Entries will be submitted on standard 8 ½” x 11” paper. Entries must be written by hand or typed by the student. Disabled students or students in the primary category may dictate to another person who may type or write their original work. These transcribers are not to alter in any manner their grammar or form of speech of the child. Handwritten entries are to be on one side of the paper, using additional sheets if necessary.

•Students are encouraged to keep a copy of their work. Entries will be returned to the district presidents.

•Student artwork will not affect judging.

•All participants are required to complete the official entry form, which authorizes the Louisiana PTA free use of any entry in any manner deemed appropriate by the Louisiana PTA. Students who have not completely filled out the form will not be eligible for the program. In situations where a student cannot fill out the entry form or write legibly, a parent may sign her/his name. A parent or legal guardian (not a teacher) also must sign the affirmation of originality and the permission clause.

•The essay will be accepted in a folder with pockets. Place the entry form in the left pocket and essay in the right pocket.

•All entries must be the work of the student alone. Entries done by two or more students are not permitted. Parents, friends and teachers must not assist the student in any way other than transportation during research. Each student must sign the affirmation sentence concerning originality. The number of entries that can be submitted is one per student.

•Entries that do not follow the guidelines or are received after the deadline will be disqualified.


Local units should hold preliminary judging at their school level and select winners to forward to district competition. Districts will hold judging before sending entries to the Louisiana PTA.

Judging at the district and state level will be based on:

•The essay length

PRIMARY:  no more than 250 words
INTERMEDIATE/MIDDLE/SENIOR:  no more than 1000 words
SPECIAL ARTIST: no more than 500 words

The essay must be about a specific area with content directly related to the theme.


District PTA will present up to three (3) Awards of Excellence and three (3) Awards of Merit in each of the four (4) grade divisions and special artist division. All winners will be recognized at the PTA Awards Program.

Louisiana PTA will present up to three (3) Awards of Excellence and three (3) Awards of Merit in each of the four (4) grade divisions and special artist division. All winners will be given a copy of winning essays and will be recognized at the Louisiana PTA Convention.


All entries must be judged at the local unit level before being sent to the district for judging. Questions should be directed to the Chair of the My Louisiana Essay Contest as below.
Entries should be delivered to Stacey T. Simpson on November 15, 2018 at the Caddo Parish School Board, Room 1 between 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm or mailed to:

Stacey T. Simpson

2002 Chase Crossing

Shreveport, LA 71118

Phone (318)347-5822

DEADLINE: Entries submitted to district must be received no later than November 15, 2018.

My LA Essay Chair:

Stacey Simpson

Email Stacey

Program Forms:

Don't forget to participate in the My Louisiana Theme Search also!

Entries should be postmarked by November 15, 2018. Theme Search entries should be mailed directly to the LA PTA 3rd VP, Programs:

Sarah Ladner

PO Box 8232

Shreveport, LA 71148