Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

Annual Project on Racism Contest 

 
Official Contest Rules
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE  NOVEMBER 1, 2018 
 
                                                                                                                  
Dear Educators & Friends of Education,
 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission joins the YWCA Wheeling in extending an invitation to all school aged children in WV to participate in the YWCA “Project on Racism Essay Contest", formerly known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.  We are continuing the essay portion of the contest and welcoming or new elements: The Music/Song contest, & The Five Minute Film contest along with the essays. The Project on Racism Contest still honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing, musical expression, and film.   The YWCA Wheeling is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Attached is a packet explaining more in detail.
 
The 2019 Project on Racism Contest will be based on the following quote from Dr. King:
 
“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.”
             -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech on March 8th, 1965 in Selma, Alabama
 
We hope that you will consider incorporating our contest into your fall projects and curriculum.  Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns and or/questions.  Thank you in advance for your participation, patience and consideration.
 
Ron Scott, Jr., Program Director
Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach
Telephone:  (304) 232-0511   Fax:  (304) 232-0513

2019 PROJECT ON RACISM CONTEST GUIDELINES 
 
ELIGIBILITY
The 2019 Project on Racism Contest is open to any student in grades 1—12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in the State of West Virginia; or any student under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/TASC program in the State of West Virginia. This year the Contest has expanded to include: Essays, Music, & 5 minute films.  The student does NOT have to be a U.S. citizen.
 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION FORM
Please submit your Contact Information Form along with your original work.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form to your medium.  Do NOT staple your Contact Information Form to your medium.   There is no separate registration form.
 
 
ENTRY SUBMISSION
Entries may be submitted on or before November 1st, 2018.  Each entry must include both an essay and a Contact Information Form.  You will NOT receive acknowledgement of receipt. 
 
Essays and Contact Information Forms may be submitted via e-mail, fax, U.S. Postal Service, or hand delivery.  YWCA Wheeling is not responsible for entries not received due to network service outages or delays, computer difficulties, or any other technological malfunctions; or for entries that are lost, stolen, misdirected, late, ineligible, incomplete, or mutilated by the U.S. Postal Service.
 
Submit each entry only one time.  Do NOT fax an entry multiple times.  Do NOT fax and mail the same entry.
 
All entries submitted via e-mail must be received by midnight on November 1st, 2018.  Please e-mail entries to cdcodirector@ywcawheeling.org and type “Essay/Music/Film submission” in the subject line. 
 
All entries submitted via fax must be received by midnight on November 1st, 2018.  Please fax entries to 304-232-0513 and write “Essay submission” as the recipient.
 
All entries submitted via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked on or before November 1st, 2018.  Please mail entries to:  YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St, Wheeling, WV 26003, ATTN:  Essay submission
 
All entries submitted via hand delivery must be received by 5:00 pm on November 1st, 2018.  Please deliver entries to YWCA Wheeling first floor reception desk at the above address Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  

Essay Competition
 
QUOTE
 “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.”
          -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech on March 8th, 1965 in Selma, Alabama
 
ESSAY REQUIREMENTS
Essays should not include any information that identifies the student, teacher, principal, or school.  Any essay that includes identifying information will be automatically disqualified.
All essays will be photocopied for judges.  Any essay that is illegible after photocopying will be automatically disqualified.
Essays should be a maximum of four (4) pages. 
Essays may be handwritten, typed, or computer-generated in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Essays must be in English. 
Essays must be the original work of the student.  Parents/teachers/guardians may type or write a student’s work verbatim.
Each student may submit only one (1) essay.  Please submit only one copy, i.e., do not fax and mail the same essay.
Essays must be in black ink on white paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.
Please number pages at the bottom, i.e., 1 of 4, 2 of 4, etc.
Do not include drawings, references, or other attachments.
Do not use staples.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form and the essay.
 
 
ESSAY PROMPTS GRADES 1 – 4
Has something ever bothered you?  Did you ever speak up about something that was bothering you?  How did it feel when you did?
  
ESSAY PROMPTS GRADES 5 – 8
Describe a time that you wanted to speak out about something, but didn’t
What stopped you from speaking up?
How can you overcome those things?
Describe some of the feelings associated with getting something off your chest?
 
ESSAY PROMPTS GRADES 9 – 12 & TASC
What are the first thoughts you have when you read the quote?
Does this quote make you think of a specific time or event in your life? Explain?
Does this quote apply to your approach toward life at all? If so, how?
 
Five Minute Film Competition
 
One of the newest additions to the Project on Racism contest is a Five Minute Film Contest. We are giving all the students the opportunity to create a film of five (5) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based in this year’s quote.
 
QUOTE:
“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.”
          -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech on March 8th, 1965 in Selma, Alabama
 
 
The film’s director(s) and actors must have been in high school, Middle school, or Elementary school while filming the project. This is a state wide film competition and thus accepts films from anywhere in the WV, as long as, you were in grades 1 through 12 when you made the film.
 
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
   
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries for the 2019 YWCA Project on Racism Five Minute Film Contest must be submitted on or before November 1st, 2018
 
ELIGIBILITY: Students must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.
 
HOW TO ENTER: Create a film of five (5) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based in this year’s quote. The film can be created by phone, camera, or any other visual recording device.
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Be sure to fill out the Contact Information Sheet and attach it or the information from it, with your submission 
 
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:   
Winners will be announced before the end of December 2018. 
Winners will be chosen by the creativity, ingenuity, originality, and relevance of each entry. All winners will be notified by the email address or phone number provided in the entry form.
 
RULES FOR ENTRY:
Entries may not contain content that contains curse words, gross violence, gore, nudity or any sexual situations.
 
 
 

Song/Music Competition
 
Another addition to the Project on Racism contest is the Song/Music Contest. We are giving all the students the opportunity to create a song of three (3) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based on this year’s quote.
 
 
QUOTE:
“Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech on March 8th, 1965 in Selma, Alabama
 
The musicians or musical contributors must have been in High school, Middle school, or Elementary school during the school year 2019. This is a state wide Song/Music competition and thus accepts music from anywhere in the state provided you were in grades 1 through 12 when you created the piece. 
 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries for the 2019 YWCA Project on Racism Song/Music Contest must be submitted on or before November 1st, 2018
 
 
ELIGIBILITY: Students must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.
 
 
HOW TO ENTER: Create a song or musical piece of three (3) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based on this year’s quote. The music can be created by phone, studio, or any other recording equipment. All music, lyrics must be original. The song entered cannot be owned in any part by a music publishing company. Categories of music accepted include: Alternative, Blues, Children's Music, Christian, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B, Hip-Hop, & Rock. All songs must be in MP3 format.
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION: The Contact Information Sheet must be attached in some way or the information from it must be submitted with your original work. 
 
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:
Winners will be announced before the end of December 2018. 
Winners will be chosen by the creativity, ingenuity, originality, and relevance of each entry. All winners will be notified by the email address or phone number provided on the entry form.
 
RULES FOR ENTRY:
Entries may not contain curse words, words of aggression or violence, or words of a sexual nature.
Each entry must include the following:
      1.      Completed Contact Information Form
 
2.      A Flash Drive or CD containing the MP3 (The MP3 can also be emailed to cdcodirector@ywcawheeling.org
 
SELECTION OF WINNERS
Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: grammar, originality, relevance to theme, and effective expression.  Winners will be contacted via the email provided on the Contact Information Sheet, and announced before the end of December 2018.  All judgments are final.
 
CONDITIONS
All submitted entries shall become the property of the YWCA Wheeling, and no submission will be acknowledged or returned.  The copyright of the entry remains the exclusive property of the entrant.
 
If any submission commits plagiarism or violates copyright, the entrant is solely responsible for the act(s).  The YWCA Wheeling is NOT responsible in cases of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.  If YWCA Wheeling receives any concrete evidence of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement after a winner is selected, then the prize shall be returned and YWCA Wheeling shall remove that work from its website.
 
If you have any questions about the 2019 Project on Racism Contest, please contact us at :
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Essay Winners

 
 
 

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2016 Essay Winners

 

2015 Essay Winners

 

  2014 Essay Winners.pdf