Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

Annual Racism Essay Contest 

 

Official Contest Rules
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE  October 21, 2016
                                                                                                                        
The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission joins the YWCA Wheeling is extending an invitation to all school aged children in WV to participate in the YWCA “Project on Racism Essay Contest”. Each year students are provided with a venue to share their vision and views of Dr. King’s lessons and teachings.
 
2017 Project on Racism Essay Contest Topic: " Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider......"


ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 1 – 4
What does "outsider" mean? Describe one time when you experienced being an outsider. How did it feel to be an outsider?

ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 5 – 8
What does " outsider" mean? Describe one time when you experienced being an outsider. How did it feel to be an outsider?
 
What does "insider" mean? Describe one time when you experienced being an insider. Describe one thing you did, or could have done, to make someone who was an outsider feel included. 

ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 9 – 12 & TASC
What does “outsider” mean?  Describe one time when you experienced being an outsider.  How did it feel to be an outsider?  How did you react?  What advice do you have for someone in a similar situation?

What does “insider” mean?  Describe one time when you experienced being an insider.  How did it feel to be an insider?  Describe one thing you did, or could have done, to make someone who was an outsider feel included. 
 
2017 Project on Racism Essay Contest Guidelines
Eligibility
The 2017 Project on Racism Essay Contest is open to any student in grades 1—12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in the State of West Virginia; or any student under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/ TASC program in the State of West Virginia.
 
The student does NOT have to be a U.S. citizen.
 
Contact Information Form
Please submit your Contact Information Form along with your essay.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form to the essay.  Do NOT staple your Contact Information Form to your essay. 
 
There is no separate registration form.
 
Essay Requirements
Essays should not include any information that identifies the student, teacher, principal, or school.  Any essay that includes identifying information will be automatically disqualified.
All essays will be photographed for judges.  Any essay that is unreadable after photocopying will be automatically disqualified.
Essays should be a maximum of five (5) pages. 
Essays may be handwritten, typed, or computer-generated in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Essays must be in English. 
Essays must be the original work of the student.  Parents/teachers/guardians may type or write a student’s work verbatim.
Each student may submit only one (1) essay.
Essays must be in black ink on white paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.
Please number pages at the bottom, i.e., 1 of 5, 2 of 5, etc.
Do not include drawings, references, or other attachments.
Do not use staples.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form and the essay.
 
Entry Submission
Entries may be submitted on or before  October 21, 2016.  Each entry must include both an essay and a Contact Information Form.  You will NOT receive acknowledgement of receipt. 
 
Essays and Contact Information Forms may be submitted via e-mail, fax, U.S. Postal Service, or hand delivery.  YWCA Wheeling is not responsible for entries not received due to network service outages or delays, computer difficulties, or any other technological malfunctions; or for entries that are lost, stolen, misdirected, late, ineligible, incomplete, or mutilated by the U.S. Postal Service.
 
All entries submitted via e-mail must be received by midnight  on  October 21, 2016.  Please email entries to cdcodirector@ywcawheeling and type “Essay submission” in the subject line. 
 
All entries submitted via fax must be received by midnight on October 21, 2016Please fax entries to 304-232-0513 and write “Essay submission” as the recipient.
 
All entries submitted via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked on or before October 21, 2016 Please mail entries to:  YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St, Wheeling, WV 26003, ATTN:  Essay submission
 
All entries submitted via hand delivery must be received before 5:00 pm on October 21, 2016Please deliver entries to YWCA Wheeling first floor reception desk at the above address Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: grammar, originality, relevance to theme, and effective expression.  Winners will be announced at the beginning of December.  All judgments are final.
 
Conditions
All submitted entries shall become the property of the YWCA Wheeling, and no submission will be acknowledged or returned.  The copyright of the essay remains the exclusive property of the entrant.
 
If any submission commits plagiarism or violates copyright, the entrant is solely responsible for the act(s).  The YWCA Wheeling is not responsible in cases of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.  If YWCA Wheeling receives any concrete evidence of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement after a winner is selected, then the prize shall be returned and YWCA Wheeling shall remove that work from its website.
 
If you have any questions about the 2017 Project on Racism Essay Contest, please contact YWCA Wheeling at 304-232-0511 or cdcodirector@ywcawheeling.org
 

 

Essay Winners

2016 Essay Winners

2015 Essay Winners

  2014 Essay Winners.pdf

 

 

 

 

   MLK State Holiday Commission
 State Capitol
  Building 1, Room 35
  1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
      Charleston, WV 25305