Announcing Paradigm Schools’ 

First Annual Essay and Art Contest

Theme: The Hero’s Journey

For a great video to introduce the concept of The Hero’s Journey, you can watch “What Makes a Hero” by Matthew Winkler on Youtube (

Open to Utah 6th grade students 

Contest begins February 22nd, 2021 and entries are due by April 30, 2021. Winners will be announced May 15th, 2021. Follow us on Instagram at @paradigm_schools where the winners will be announced and showcased.


  1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Utah 6th graders. 
  2. CATEGORIES: Essay and Visual Arts 
  3. HOW TO ENTER: Beginning February 22nd, 2021, go to to fill out the registration form and upload the essay document, scanned art image or photo (if submitting a 3D art piece.) Entry deadline is March 31st, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Entries must be the student’s own original work.
  4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Essays should be one to two pages in length, double spaced on the theme “The Hero’s Journey.” Visual art work can be in any medium and entry can be a scanned image or a photo. Essays and Art work must not contain any vulgar or offensive language or images to be considered. The entry must be the student’s own original work and plagiarized entries will be disqualified. If submitting artwork, include an artist statement describing what inspired the art piece. (10 to 100 words.)
  5. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: Entries will be judged by a committee of Paradigm School scholars and mentors. Entries will be judged on the quality and originality of the piece as well as how well it represents the theme: A Hero’s Journey. Winners will be contacted via phone or email and announced on the Paradigm Schools’ website and social media platforms.
  6. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE: The ownership of any submission, essay or art work, shall remain the property of the entrant. Submission to the contest constitutes the entrant’s permission that Paradigm Schools may display, publish, or reproduce the enty. Submission to the contest constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions. 


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