Second Annual Monica Roberts Blogger Award & Essay Contest

June 29, 2022

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!

Contest Prompts

  • How has hearing trans stories changed your outlook on your personal trans identity?
  • Who Am I In 3 Words (Use 3 keywords as a focus for what best describes you in detail. Please be original, honest, and as vulnerable as you feel comfortable)
  • I Am More Than My Transness but My Transness Is Me
  • How Much Does Your Environment or Community Define Who You Are
  • Surviving to Thriving a Trans Triumph


1 Grand Prize Blogger: $1,000

2 Essay Awards: $500 each


Length: Your essay should be at least 1,000 words but should not exceed 1,250 words. Any submissions past 1,250 will be disqualified. The word count must be included in the document you submit.

Content: Essays must be your original work. 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

How to Enter

Submissions should be sent in via:

Submission Deadline: August 22, 2022

Winners will be announced on October 1, 2022.

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