French Morning and Frenchly are calling on 7th-11th grade students for a New York essay contest on being bilingual. We want to hear the stories of bilingual students, speaking any languages, who are attending school in the greater New York area. Essays should be written in students’ best English. Essays will be judged on clarity, persuasiveness, originality, and how compelling the storytelling is.

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at French Morning’s annual Bilingual Fair on November 3rd at Fordham University School of Law.


Essay Question:
Middle School: How has being bilingual affected your life?

High School: How has being bilingual affected your life? How will being bilingual affect the rest of your life?

Length Requirement:
7th-8th graders (Middle School), 300-350 words
9th-11th graders (High School), 450-500 words

High School
1st: $400 for the student and $250 for their school
2nd: $200 for the student and $100 for their school
3rd: $100 for the student

Middle School
1st: $200 for the student and $100 for the school
2nd: $100 for the student and $50 for the school
3rd: $50 for the student

Submit your Essay before October 3rd.


Your file should contain: Essay title, your Essay, and Works cited if any.

Winners will be announced at the Bilingual Fair on November 3rd.