Reflections on a Heritage Spanish Literary Contest

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Robert Sanders
Elena Avilés


The authors reflect on their experiences hosting a literary contest for Spanish as a heritage language (SHL) at a major university in the Pacific Northwest. The contest is described and recommendations are offered for those seeking to host such a competition. The goal of this paper is to underscore the potential of SHL creative writing competitions to empower students and their communities, to foster student retention and success, and to promote SHL program growth.

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