LACS Annual Undergraduate Essay Contest

Every year LACS holds an annual essay contest for undergraduate students studying Latin America or the Caribbean. The winner receives a special prize and recognition at the LACS End of the Year party, and their essay is featured in our news section of our website.

Essay Contest Status: OPEN

Deadline for submission to LACS essay contest: SPRING 2025

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program is inviting submissions by students interested in the Latin America and/or Caribbean regions to its seventh Annual UW-LACS Undergraduate Essay Competition.

The competition is for current or recent essays (written during 2023-2024 school year). The winning essay writer will receive a special prize and be recognized at the LACS End of the Year party. In addition, the winning essay will be featured on our website.

  • The subject of the essay should fall within the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Essays may be of any length.
  • Submissions must be from a student majoring or minoring in LACS.
  • Include your full name, home department, email and phone number in the submission.

Please submit your essay to by May 22nd, 2024 with the subject line: “Essay Competition – 2024, [your last name]”

Essays should be pasted into the body of the email and attached as a Word document.

Thank you and we look forward to your submissions!