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Who is America?


2021 Buffs One Read Contest


Submit your creative expression for a chance to win and to be recognized at a celebratory campus event!


We invite undergraduate students from across campus to participate in the Buffs One Read storytelling contest.

The book American Like Me captures the personal stories and narratives of 32 writers who reflect on the spaces between the many cultures of America and beyond. We invite students to do the same -- to reflect on their experience of America and reply to the question: Who are you, and what is American Like You?

Submissions can be a short essay, visual art, or multi-modal (a combination of text, video/audio, or visual art) expressions. Submissions will be judged by an invited panel of peers and University staff and faculty. Three winners will receive a prize and will be invited to a celebratory reception. All submissions are eligible for display in the University Libraries.



Imagine your story.


Prompts that might guide your expressions:

  •     Who are you?
  •     What is American like you?
  •     Do you define yourself by your talents, faith, family, country?
  •     How does your identity inform your thinking and your actions?
  •     How does your identity work within our CU Buffs community?


Submissions must be received by January 14th, 2022. No submissions will be accepted after this date at 5:00 P.M.


Submissions may include visual expressions, written expressions, or multi-modal expressions. Submissions should be made available digitally via a link.

Written expressions: 1,000 word essays or written expressions.

Multimodal expression: Digital expressions that include some combination of visuals, audio/video, and text. Submissions should be 4 minutes or less.

Visual: Original piece of visual artwork. Original work must be prepped for physical submission and display by February 14th, if selected.


All creators must be registered CU Boulder undergraduate students.

All entries must be original work.

Students may submit only one entry.

Learn more …

Haven’t read American Like Me yet? Explore our dedicated guide and canvas course to engage with the text and the contributors more fully. All first-year and transfer students received a complimentary digital copy of the text. All other CU community members may read the text through the University Libraries ebooks and print copies.