All students who are taking a class in the BYU College of Humanities are eligible to enter the 2023 BYU Humanities Center Essay Contest.

DEADLINE: March 27, 2023

THEME: Belonging

Word Count: No more than 1,000 words

Students who would like to enter are encouraged to review the BYU Statement on Belonging as well as the College of Humanities Statement on Inclusion for inspiration as they write their essays! Essays should strive to establish a connection between the humanities, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the theme of belonging.


The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be published in the annual BYU Humanities Center Newsletter (print).

Two runner up awards will be granted, along with a cash prize of $250 each and publication online on the BYU Humanities Center blog.

The contest judges reserve the right to withhold awards (cash and publication) if no submitted essays merit the awards.

Send all submissions and any questions to