Chipotle Student Essay Contest Will Award $20k and Get Your Words on Burrito Bags

Ever since Jonathan Safran Foer had a dream to get literary writers on fast food packaging, Chipotle has featured the likes of George Saunders, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Aziz Ansari on their bags and cups. (You can read a sampling of the stories here.) Now, they are opening up to students with a new essay contest.

The contest asks for middle and high school student writers to “submit a short, original (and amazing) essay about a time when food created a memory.” (Presumably that memory shouldn’t be about the time your stomach got upset after eating imitation Mexican food.) The contest has a 17,000 character limit and runs until May 31st, and afterwards 10 winners will be picked to be featured on Chipotle packaging and be awarded $20,000 in college scholarships. So, that’s pretty awesome!

Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate) will judge.

Contest ends on May 31st, so get cracking on those essays and submit them here.

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