2014 MLK Essay Contest Announceme
Deadline: November 8, 2013
Open to 8th graders attending public and private schools in King County
The King County Civil Rights Commission is sponsoring its Fifteenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Essay Contest open to all eighth grade students attending public and private schools inKingCounty.? The purpose of the essay contest is to encourage middle and junior high school students to think critically aboutDr.King?s legacy of peace and justice.
This year?s essay theme is: ?No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.?
1)??? The essay must be between 750 and 1,000 words and must be typed and doubled spaced on white 8.5? by 11? paper.
2)??? Contestants must submit one typed original essay and one copy of the essay, by mail.
3)??? The name, address, home phone number, e-mail address, school, grade and age of student author must be submitted on a cover page, accompanying the essay.? Do not place your name on any other page.
4)??? All essays must be in English and include a bibliography, utilizing at the minimum one book source, but no more than one web site source?.??
5)??? All essays will be judged on the author?s: knowledge ofDr.Kingand his work in the Civil Rights Movement, originality of ideas, development of point of view, insight into the essay theme, and clarity of expression, organization, and grammar.
6)??? All essays submitted become the property of the Commission and will be displayed on County web pages, in County publications, in local publications, and in the King County Tunnel. Submitted essays will not be returned.
First, second and third prize winners will win trophies and commemorative Dr. King pin.
All essays must be postmarked by Friday, November 8, 2013, and mailed to: King County Civil Rights Commission, 401 5th Avenue, Suite 135, Seattle, WA 98104.? Essays postmarked after that date will not considered, nor returned.
Notification of Winners:
Winners will be notified by mail.? Awards will be presented to the winners at the 27th Annual King County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 16, 2014, held in downtown Seattle.