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2nd Annual MLK Youth Writers Contest

ICAM MLK Essay Contest 2014

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Contest Rules:

Contest begins at 12:00 am EST on January 20, 2014 and runs through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 14, 2014.

  • Student must attend a middle school or high school in Hillsborough or Pinellas Counties.
  • Submissions must be submitted via the website or email.
  • Email submissions must be emailed to youthessay@icareaboutme.org
  • All essay contest participants must complete the application form via the website or if submitted via email must contain an accompanying cover letter with the information requested below.
  • All submitted essays must be nonfiction and void of plagiarism.
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced and be a minimum of 250 words and maximum of 500 words (preferably in a Microsoft Word document).

How will I be judged?

  • The entries will be judged on a point system, with the following criteria considered:
  • Must adhere to word count guidelines in section (B) above.
  • Entries must address the theme of the chosen question.
  • Entries should relate the student’s own personal ideas or experiences to the topic and show an understanding of Dr. King’s ideals. Plagiarism will not be allowed
  • Entries must not be a biographical sketch of Dr. King.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas. In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Correct usage of basic grammar and writing skills will also be considered.

Identifying Your Entries

All applicants should complete the online application form if submitting via the website. If submitting via email, a cover letter with the following information must be included to qualify for submittal:

  • Student’s full name (include middle initial)
  • Student’s grade level/classification
  • Student’s phone number
  • Student’s address (including zip code)
  • School name
  • Parents name and contact number
  • Gender

Email Entries To: youthessay@icareaboutme.org

Writing Selections:

Please choose from one of the following topics for your essay

Topic #1: In Order to be Great we Must Think Great.

Our attitudes and commitment to practicing nonviolence, when faced with violence or issues, are communicated through our actions, which in turn are determined by our attitudes. Tell us of a time where you avoided perpetuating a problem or unjust situation but instead used a nonviolent approach, how you resolved the issue, and what you learned from the experience.

Topic #2: Smalls Steps, Big Dreams, Achieving Greatness.

Education can mean helping people to realize their ability to effect change and to act on solving major social problems. Tell us what career choice you plan to make that will help move forward your community to tackle larger issues, and how you plan to give back to your community as a leader.

Winner Announcements:

Winners will be notified no later than February 28, 2014

Questions:

If you have questions about the contest, please contact Toni Lowe via email at essayinfo@icareaboutme.org