Enter to win the 3rd Annual Monica Roberts Essay Contest

June 10, 2023

Monica Roberts used her gift to tell the stories of people in the Trans community with dignity and respect. In honor of Monica and her extraordinary legacy, TransTech will be hosting a blogger award and Essay contest!


1 Grand Prize Blogger: $1,000
2 Essay Awards: $500 each
An Opportunity to become a contributor with TransGriot Weekly

Contest Prompts:

  • Breaking Down Barriers / Building Bridges –
    • What are barriers you have faced in healthcare, education, the workforce, or similar “required” systems?
    • How have you fought back, overcome, or found workarounds to make space for yourself and/or our community?
  • What does trans joy mean to you?
  • How T4T are you? What does T4T mean to you
    • Community, social, other
  • The Power of Chosen Family
  • Write a letter to your younger self


  • Length: Your essay should be at least 1,000 words but should not exceed 1,250 words. Any words past 1,250 won’t be counted toward submission.
  • The word count must be included on the document you submit.
  • Essays must be your original work.
  • The essay must be non-fiction and follow the form of a diary, journal, blog, memoir, or essay. We are seeking real stories about your real life.

We encourage you to use:

  • Original voice
  • Unique style
  • Fresh point of view
  • Creativity
  • Descriptive language
  • Proper diction
  • “Realness”
  • Interesting ideas
  • Valuable content and/or research
  • Clarity
  • Peer impact
  • Spelling/Grammar/Mechanics/Word Count

Submission Deadline: July 14th, 2023

Winners will be announced on September 8th, 2023

Continue Reading