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The 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards are open to all high school and college students in the Greater Pittsburgh area. 

We seek personal narratives dealing with individual experiences of racial or cultural difference or personal reflections on Dr. King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail.

Selected entries will be published, and students will be invited to read their work at Carnegie Mellon University on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019.

All entries must be submitted by November 23, 2018.

Learn more about The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards.

Cash prizes awarded: 

$200 first prize; $100 second prize, $50 third prize

Prose submissions: 2000 words maximum (double spaced)

Poetry submissions: 2 poems maximum

Each student entry should be submitted separately. Submit entries as Microsoft Word attachments (.docx preferred). If electronic submission is impossible, submit by mail to: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Contest, Department of English, Baker Hall 259, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Include:  Student’s Name / School / Age / Title of Work(s) Submitted / Category of Work(s) Submitted (prose, poetry) / Email Address / Home Address / Phone 

Email questions to: MLKWriting@andrew.cmu.edu.