2023 Essay Contest Information
We are pleased to announce the 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sacramento Regional Essay contest. This contest was created to further engage our youth with Dr. King's legacy, his vision, and his leadership that inspired a nation.
Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, content, coherence and adherence to theme. Essays must be in your own words, plagiarism is unacceptable. The winners will receive cash prizes and be recognized as part of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, on January 28, 2023.
The essay contest is open to youth (Middle and High School students) who live in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, or Sutter County.
The 2023 MLK Essay Contest Question
Watch this space for the question to be posted soon.
High School Division - Cash Prizes
1st Place - $500 | 2nd Place - $300 | 3rd Place - $200
Middle School Division - Cash Prizes
1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $150 | 3rd Place - $100
• Winners will be chosen from middle and high school categories.
• The essay must consist of no more than 500 words.
• The essay contest is open to middle and high school entries and must be submitted on 8½” x 11” white background, double spaced and typed using a 12pt. font.
• Only one entry per student.
• All entries must include a cover page with the student’s first and last name, grade level, full school name, school district, home address and contact phone number.
• All judging is final and the winners will be notified by January 10, 2023.
• Each winner and one guest will receive a ticket to attend the event. Additional guests are welcome to attend by purchasing a ticket.
Submit Essays By
Monday, December 19, 2022
at 5 pm
No Late Entries Will Be Accepted.
How To Submit Entry
Send as an attachment in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft WORD format to: mlkessaycontestsac(at)gmail.com
MLK Celebration Committee
885 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
Thank you to our essay contest sponsors
Bernice Bass de Martinez
With support from