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Inspire and support your local Michigan community to conquer COVID-19

Enter by January 25

Share your ideas

Enter the Take the Mic Contest

Help change the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan.

This contest is also a research study to understand if messages created by our community can help protect people from COVID-19.

Give a shout out to everyday people who are protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.

Your creativity can help save lives in your community.

We want to hear from you!

Michigan Communities Conquering COVID-19 (MICCC) wants you to share your creativity to help save lives.

Get Creative

Do you have an idea for a “new way” to deliver an “old message” about COVID-19 safety?

Tell a Story

Do you have a personal story to tell about why and how you are staying safe or keeping others safe from COVID-19 this winter?

Say Thanks

Is there someone you would like to thank for protecting themselves, a family member, a friend, or the community from COVID-19?

Have Questions?


Contest Details

Enter by January 25, 2021

You must be 18 or older to enter

We’re looking for entries that:

  1. Are relevant to your community
  2. Highlight specific choices and actions that keep your community safe from COVID-19 (such as social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing)
  3. Express inspiration and hope for the future
  4. Have a strong impact on your audience

Enter in one or both categories

Category 1: Written Word


  • Poetry about surviving the pandemic
  • A personal experience related to COVID-19
  • A story about someone in the community
  • A new slogan to encourage mask wearing

Entries must be a Word doc, PDF, text file, or copy/pasted into a text box on our entry page.

Category 2: Other Media


  • Paintings, drawings or photographs (.jpg, .png, .gif, .pdf)
  • Videos (.mp4, .mov, .avi, .wmv)
  • Songs or spoken word audio recordings (m4a, .wav, .FLAC, .mp3)

Entries must be 100 MB or less, or from a public URL (TikTok, YouTube, cloud drive).

What can you win?

Get $10 for entering!

  • You can enter multiple times, but will only get paid for the first entry in each category (up to $20).
  • You must live in Michigan to receive payment.
  • Entries will be checked for completeness before payment.

Win 1 of 6 prizes!

Written word entries Other media entries
1st place $500 $500
2nd place $250 $250
3rd place $100 $100


Judges will choose the finalists from each category, then the community will vote for the winners.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Finalist and favorite entries will be made public.

Spanish and English entries share the same prize pool.

If you have questions, contact

Be a Protector

The temperature is dropping and COVID-19 cases are rising – but our daily choices and actions can save thousands of lives between now and the spring.

We know some people are getting tired of following COVID-19 prevention practices. Choosing to stay safe over the winter holidays can be especially hard.

We need your ideas and creative energy to help protect your community!

You’ve probably already heard about the best ways to prevent COVID-19, but here are some reminders:

Physical and social distancing
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Limit contact between people from different households.
  • Plan safe virtual holiday gatherings.
  • Make safe social and physical “bubbles” around people at high risk of COVID-19 illness.
Always wear a mask around people from other households
Wash your hands often
If you start having symptoms or were in contact with someone with COVID-19:


If you or someone you know are struggling during this time, here are some community resources you can reach out to.

Michigan 2-1-1 Community Assistance

Provides 24-hour assistance to connect you with local resources like food, housing, and paying bills. Call, text, or search online to get connected.

Dial 2-1-1 (or 844-875-9211)

Text your zip code to 898211

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Stress and Coping Website:

Tips for dealing with stress during a pandemic


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

TTY: 1-800-799-4889

SAMHSA National Helpline

Provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

TTY: 1-800-487-4889


About CEAL

Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities

CEAL is a national, NIH-funded program working toward a goal of reducing the burden of COVID-19 on the hardest hit communities.

The Michigan branch of CEAL is Michigan Communities Conquering COVID-19 (MICCC). MICCC is run by the Community Engagement program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), Michigan Medicine, and the U-M School of Public Health (SPH). The goal of MICCC is to reduce health disparities experienced by African-American and Latino populations in Wayne, Genesee, Kent, and Washtenaw Counties, which became more pronounced with the pandemic’s onset.

About “Take the Mic”

The “Take the Mic” contest is also a research study. The University of Michigan and its partners want to understand if messages created by our community can protect people from COVID-19.

If you have questions about this research study, please contact:

Principal Investigator: Larry An, MD

Center for Health Communications Research

Rogel Cancer Center | Michigan Medicine

North Campus Research Complex

2800 Plymouth Road, Building 16

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(773) 314-3014