2022-2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Arts & Writing Contests

Writing Contest for students in Grades 5-8
Visual Arts Contest for Students in Grades 9-12

The Martin Luther King Coalition has always considered involving youth an essential component of the community celebration of Martin Luther King Day. After all, in his most famous speech, one of Dr. King’s most poignant statements was the expression of his dream for the children: that they would one day be able to attend school & play together regardless of the colors of their skin. From its early years, the Coalition has invited all children from the state of New Hampshire to participate in the celebration, initially through an Arts & Writing Contest

Guidelines for Entries
Entries need to reflect how this quote” “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

Writing Category ($100 first place, $50 second place awards)
Students may submit any form of writing, such as essay or short stories of no more than 500 words, or full-page poems.

Visual Arts Category ($100 first place, $50 second place awards)
Students may submit any form of art- such as drawings, paintings, posters, videos, slide presentation, photography, graphics, sculpture, mosaic, or single/multi-panel illustrations.

Each entry will be judged on creativity, presentation, and how well the student communicates their understanding and interpretation of the comments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as related to them and the larger community today.

All entries must be received by December 20, 2022.

For more information and details on this year’s theme and instructions on how to submit entries, download the 2022-2023 MLK Student Contest Flyer.