High School Essay Contest

All entries into TCA's Essay Contest will be judged by a panel of industry personnel and TCA will award cash prizes to first, second & third place essays.

First Place – $750
Second Place – $500
Third Place – $250

The TCA contest winners will have their essays published in the spring edition of Tennessee Concrete magazine. In addition to the cash prizes, the first place essay will be published on TCA's website.
Guidance counselors of winning essays will also receive a cash award of $75.

Essay Contest Rules

  • Open to all Tennessee high school students ages 16-18 at the beginning of the
    school term.
  • Essays must be typed, double-spaced and limited to 600 words. 
  • Essay will be judged on content and writing ability (grammar, style, clarity, etc.). 
  • Essay should demonstrate a student's awareness of concrete's role as a building material in homes, commercial buildings, streets and highways. (Consider what was left standing after hurricane Michael.) 
  • The essay should be a short literary composition on the subject of concrete, not a report.
  • Winning essay authors will be asked to submit a headshot photo to accompany their essay in the Tennessee Concrete magazine.
    Essay Prompt
    How have you or your community been shaped by concrete?

    Essay must be submitted by December 22, 2023

    Tennessee Concrete Association reserves the right to publish the winning entries in whole or in part. All entries become the property of Tennessee Concrete Association.

Complete this online form to submit your essay.