The annual Peace Essay contest sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education is open for entries. The theme for this year’s contest is “International Heroes of Peace” The writing prompt asks students to think and write about Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela or another peacemaker they admire. They’re asked to write about what that person accomplished, the qualities that helped them succeed, and how might we follow their example in our own lives and in our community?
This year’s prompt, contest rules and entry form are available here: Essay contest 2014
The contest is open to any elementary, middle, or high school student in Virginia. Last year’s essay contest garnered more than 600 entries from throughout Virginia. A top prize of $100 is awarded in each of four grade divisions: K-3, 4-5, middle, and high school. Additional cash prizes are also offered in each division.
For more information about the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for entries is April 28, 2014.