Mosaic is an annual language arts program for middle school students to showcase their creative talents and express their cultural identities. The program is held in partnership with MCPS; Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC); and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). The theme for the program is “My Culture.” Entries are in the category of essay, poem, or short story, allow students to creatively express their personal reflections on diversity and culture.
The purpose of the program is to showcase the talent of young writers and promote creative expression. The awards ceremony recognizes middle school authors of poetry, short stories, and essays on the theme “My Culture.” A winner is selected in each of the three entry categories for each grade level. Winning authors will present their work to the audience of parents, teachers, and school administrators.
An anthology of the winners’ works is professionally published and presented to the winners as well. The anthology will also be added to MCPL collections as well as the collections at each middle school. Additionally, the publication is for sale at the awards ceremony and online through Amazon.com.
At the ceremony honoring their achievement, students have an opportunity to engage with local authors and professionals in the creative writing and humanities fields. Afterwards, the winners and their families are invited to a buffet-style dinner featuring cuisine from the winners’ cultures and countries of origin.
Deadline for 2016-2017 school signup: 11/18/2016
Deadline for submission: 2/8/2017
Send to MCPS for review: 2/17/2017
Send to Judges: 2/27/2017
Deadline for Judges: 3/27/2017
Deadline for Score Consolidation: 3/31/2017
Deadline for Tiebreaker Votes: 4/10/2017
Final Deadline: 4/14/2017
Winners Announced: 4/17/201
The 2016-2017 Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity through Creative Writing Program is now closed.
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Mosaic winners and honorable mentions. FOLMC honored 25 winning and honorable mention students this year for their achievements. The students received certificates of excellence on behalf of the County Executive and from Councilmember Craig Rice. Mr. Rice gave the keynote address to more than 140 attendees where the students and their families received copies of the published anthology of the students’ work and signed copies of The Prophecy by inspirational author and 2016 Librarians’ Choice Award winner Ellen Oh. Copies of the anthology are cataloged in MCPL collections and in all middle school media centers.
The year-long program is held in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and MCPL. The 2015-2016 Awards Ceremony and Reception were held in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus and through generous financial sponsorships from The Sulica Fund and IBM Corporation. Thank you to all of the teachers who helped make this year a success and congratulations to the students.