Essay Contest – What Does Being Greek Mean to You?

Essay Contest March 2017

We’re hosting an essay contest this month! What does being Greek mean to you? We want to know! Read on for rules, prizes, deadlines, etc. Share your story!


What does being Greek mean to you?

We want to know!

In March, we celebrate Greek Independence Day and our Greek heritage. We are able to celebrate our beautiful language, rich history and culture, and our beloved Orthodox Faith because brave men and women risked their lives. They risked their lives teaching it and celebrating it underground, in the “Κρυφό Σχολειό (Secret School). They risked it battling the Turks for their hard-fought independence.


But what does all that mean to you?


In the month of March, we invite you to share your story — what does being Greek mean to you? Talk about your pride, Greek history and culture, the Greek legacy — whatever being Greek means to you — and why it’s important. Bonus points if you can tie it into Greek Independence Day!


Essay Contest March 2017 What does being Greek mean to you?




General Rules


  • Contestants must compose an original essay. defines an essay as a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative. No works of fiction, songs, poetry, audio or video, or artwork, or other form will be accepted.
  • Winner will allow use of name, photograph, and essay to be published on WindyCity Greek, and in social media of WindyCity Greek, National Hellenic Museum, and Kantyli – Gifts Greeks Love.
  • WindyCity Greek reserves the right to edit, format, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author.
  •  All rights reserved.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.



  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Contest is open to residents of the continental United States.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • No previous writing or publication experience is required.


Contest Rules

  • Participants must write about this subject only.
  • Each entry must begin with a title page containing: title; writer’s name, address, phone number, email address; number of words.
  • Include your name and email address on each page, in the footer; as well as the page number.
  • Essays must be typewritten and double spaced.
  • Essays must contain at least 800 words but no more than 1000. Every word in the essay is counted with the exception of title and any sub-headings. Hyphenated words count as one word.
  • Any quotes must be attributed. Any copyrighted, historical, or literary references must have proper attribution.This can be done via a hyperlink to the text, and/or identification of the reference and work within the text.
  • Essay must be written in English.
  • Essays must be proofed for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, prior to submission.
  • Submissions must include a short bio of the author and a photo. Writer provides permission for use of the essay, bio, and image in social media, for publication in WindyCity Greek, and other promotions.
  • Essay and other components must be received no later than March 15, 2017 at noon CT. Send to, with the subject line: March Essay Contest.





  • Entries will be judged on the following:
    • Adherence to the above criteria.
    • Relevance to the topic.
    • Most of all, essays should show a level of creativity, and present a heartfelt position. Tug at our heartstrings, and show your Greek pride! Knock our socks off!
    • Bonus points if you can tie it into Greek Independence Day!
    • One (1) winner will be selected.



  • Entries will be disqualified for:
    • Plagiarism.
    • Not following criteria.
    • No bio and photo.
    • Date/time stamped after deadline.
    • Non-compliance with contest rules.



  • One (1) winner will be selected from qualified entries received, and notified by phone prior to public announcement. so be sure to include your phone number!
  • Winner will receive:
    • Publication of the essay on WindyCity Greek on March 25, Greek Independence Day. Winning essay will be edited, stylized, and formatted for search engine optimization, prior to publication.
    • Prize from National Hellenic Museum.
    • Greek Road Sign from Kantyli – Gifts Greeks Love, personalized to the winner’s ancestral home.
    • $100 Visa gift card.
    • All prizes valued at $250, not including publishing and recording opportunities.
    • Winner will also win the opportunity to read their essay, to be recorded and archived at the National Hellenic Museum’s Oral History Center.


Contest presented in cooperation with

National Hellenic Museum NHM logo



Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017 at noon CT



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