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Annual Fog Fest Essay Contest

Essay Theme: Discover Pacifica

Thank you for your submissions! Winners will be contacted by Friday September 27th and announced at the South Stage Sunday morning the 29th.  

The Fog Fest Essay Contest seeks to encourage creative writing skills for Fog Fest fans of all ages. The topic of the contest and the Fog Fest theme this year is “Discover Pacifica”. 

The essay needs to be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words. The contest is open to any person, any age. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2019. 

Award for Best Essay 

2 x $100, contributed by Fog Fest Organizing Group, in two age categories.
1 prize for under 18 years of age
1 prize for over 18 years of age
And one “Runner Up” will be awarded, in the amount of $25.00.

Entries will be judged by a subcommittee of the Fog Fest Organizing Group and one “Celebrity Judge”. Winning essay will be published on the Fog Fest Website, Fog Fest Facebook Page, and possibly the Pacifica Tribune, on September 26th issue.

The winners are invited to read their essays and receive their prize on Sunday morning at the Main Stage, Sunday September 29th. Entries can be submitted via e-mail in a Word document. Please include your full name, age, address and best telephone number and/or e-mail address to reach you. 

Contest and prizes subject to change based on participation.

Download Essay Contest Flyer



Essay Contest Winners 2019

True Love – Essay by Ethan Ish

Nate had just finished unpacking all his things and was enjoying the view of Pacifica through the window. Nate left San Francisco, to get away from city life. He needed to move somewhere a little more… peaceful. That was not the only reason Nate had moved to Pacifica. She was the reason. He had met her months before, on his way to work. He had to take a detour, and as he was driving, he saw her. He knew her home was in Pacifica, but he was still worried that work would get in the way, so he switched to…

The Affair – Essay by Noah

I have always been attracted to water throughout my life, and have returned to it over and over. In the past 16 years living in the bay area, I often wake “restless” in bed, and begin browsing properties next to the ocean… My dream was to not only live in the best city of our country (and possibly the world)…but also to be next to the ocean and only minutes away from the city. My quest has taken me up and down the Pacific coast from the marina…to Sea Cliff…to Point Lobos…Ocean beach…   One day laying in bed I…

A Sunny Day in Pacifica – Essay by Alexander Perea

In a nest far from Pacifica there was a family of cardinals. The mother and the father had built a nest in late September. The mother then laid her eggs in the nest. There were two eggs in total. During December and January the parents took turns on keeping the eggs warm. Then one day, there was a third egg that wasn’t the same as the other eggs. In the early spring an egg began to shake. Then the next day the egg hatched and the parents named the chick Niko. Then a couple days later the second egg hatched,…

I Found Home – Essay by Heather Tanner

I have been fortunate enough to “discover” Pacifica multiple times. What I discovered was a place I could call home, and that I always want to be at. First, as a teenager in 1991, or so, my family moved here. I was a graduating senior and I discovered all the adventure waiting for me. I walked the beaches, the pier, and the hills, and with each step, discovered Pacifica was beautiful, full of nice people, and richly diverse, but it didn’t feel like home. Then, I left for college. I came home, briefly, after college, but Pacifica was mostly a…

See all past winners here 


Celebrating 37 Years September 28th & 29th 2024

10am - 6pm on Palmetto Ave. in Pacifica.
Admission is Free!

About the Fog Fest

The Pacific Coast Fog Fest each year promotes the City of Pacifica, attracts visitors, celebrates our community and raises funds for local community groups as well as the “Gift for Pacifica Fund.” Now over 50 groups benefit and to date, an amount of $1,250,000 has been donated back.

The Fog Fest was created in 1986 to promote Pacifica and to celebrate our marvelous coast. The last full weekend of September was chosen because historically the weather is unbeatable. The Fog Fest kicks off Saturday morning at 10 am with the Parade, honoring the local community and a competition for best float. Then stay and enjoy our Arts and Crafts booths, Food and Beverage booths, Music & Entertainment, Family Fun Fest and a variety of other activities.

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