Mosaic Logo 2016-2017

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.

Click here for additional resources, such as where to submit your writing and classes and workshops for young writers.

Purchase your copy of the 2016-17 Celebrating Diversity through Creative Writing Anthology

Congratulations to our Winners and Honorable Mentions

6th Grade Winners

Student School Category
Caroline Chou Herbert Hoover Short Story
Noah Lewis Ridgeview Essay
Anna Uehlein Eastern Poem

6th Grade Honorable Mentions

Student School Category
Paloma “Dakota” A. Corredoira Ridgeview Essay
Caroline Gotlewski John Poole Short Story
Jessly Medina Takoma Park Essay
Phebe Melaku Benjamin Banneker Poem
Yucheng J Shao Herbert Hoover Essay
Joyce Zhou Robert Frost Poem


7th Grade Winners

Student School Category
Gerber Chavez Lakelands Park Poem
Angelina Guhl Robert Frost Essay
Keerthi Padmanabhan Robert Frost Short Story

7th Grade Honorable Mentions

Student School Category
Abigail Antonishek John Poole Essay
Arly Arias John Poole Essay
Tara Davoodi Thomas W. Pyle Poem
Maya Flaherty Eastern Poem
Bella Koschalk Herbert Hoover Poem
Britney Muhindi Benjamin Banneker Short Story


8th Grade Winners

Student School Category
Isabella Fan Takoma Park Short Story
Che Moorhead Takoma Park Poem
Lara S. Ojha Takoma Park Essay

8th Grade Honorable Mentions

Student School Category
Sophia Bass Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem
Brianna McRoy Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay
Tejas Nazare Lakelands Park Poem
Devin Parris Benjamin Banneker Poem
Andrea Carolina Rentel John Poole Essay
Hope S. Robinson John Poole Short Story

Mosaic Awards Ceremony

Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD

Keynote Speaker: Rion Amilcar Scott

The program showcases the talents of middle school authors in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and promotes creative expression in the form 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 works 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 MCPS middle school media center. Additionally, the publication is for sale at the awards ceremony.

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, attendees are invited to a buffet-style dinner featuring cuisine from the winners’ cultures and countries of origin.

Honored students are asked to provide a headshot with their submission for display during the ceremony. An example can be found here.

Click here to register for the awards ceremony.

Timeline and Submissions

Deadline for 2016-2017 school signup: 11/18/2016

Deadline for submission: 2/8/2017


Reception: 5/23/2017

The 2016-2017 Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity through Creative Writing Program is now closed

School Participation Form (now closed – Check back Fall 2017!)

Student Submission Form (now closed – Check back Fall 2017!)

Judges: Enter Here

Mosaic 2016 students2015-16 Winners

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.

Click here to view photos from the May 25 Awards Ceremony and Reception.

2015-2016 Student Anthology

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2013-2014 Student Anthology

2012-2013 Student Anthology

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