A Creative Writing Contest

Building Stories

Encouraging tomorrow's innovators--today's students.

List of 2016 Winners

Elementary School

1st Place Winner
Isaiah Watkins
John P. Freeman Optional School
Memphis, TN

Middle School

1st Place Winner
Sarah Ellis
Troy, MI

High School

1st Place and Grand Prize Winner
Yani Li
Cranbrook Kingswood
Bloomfield Hills, MI

2015-16 Contest

Entrants wrote a story using the Foundational Materials (PDF), which are primary & secondary resources related to Rosa Parks that came from the Collections of The Henry Ford. These resources, along with other independent research, gave historical information to frame their creative stories.


2015-16: NEW prizes for student writers – AND teachers!

One first-prize winner each from grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 (three total) chosen.

First prize: First prize winners receive a Family Membership to The Henry Ford and an iPad Air 16 GB. One first-prize winner each from grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 (three total) are chosen.

Grand prize: One student selected from the first-prize winners has his or her story published by The Henry Ford and receives ten (10) personal copies of the printed booklet.

Teacher prize: The teacher of each first-prize winner receives a $250 gift card to The Henry Ford. This can be used for field trip admission or at our gift shop, on-site or online.

Note: A purchase of any kind did not increase your chances of winning. See Official Rules (PDF) for details.

A group of winning students. 

Winning students.


Winning students.