MLK Arts and Writing Contests for students grades 5-8

2018-2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Arts & Writing Contests


For students in Grades 5, 6, 7, & 8

Guidelines for Entries

Entries need to reflect how the student both understands and related to the specific question or statement found in each contest’s criteria.

Arts Category

Students may submit any form of art; such as drawings, paintings, posters, videos, PowerPoint presentations, photography, graphics, sculpture, mosaic, or single/multi-panel illustrations.

Materials that will withstand shipping are recommended. Each entry will be judged on artistic merit.

Students need to respond in an artistic format to Dr. King’s statement: “Let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire”.

Writing Category

Students may submit any form of writing, such as essay or short stories of no more than 500 words, or full-page poems.

Each entry will be judged on creativity and presentation.

Students need to respond to “If Dr. King were alive today, he would______? Students need to reflect how this relates to their lives and to life in general.

Awards will be presented at the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2019
Temple Adath Yeshurun
152 Prospect Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards

$100.00 and the Lionel Washington Johnson Youth plaque will be awarded to the 1st place winning student in each category (Arts & Writing)

$50.00 and a Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Award certificate will be awarded to the 2nd place winning student in each category (Arts & Writing)

All entries become the property of the MLK Coalition until they are collected at the end of the Celebration.


All entries must be received by December 19, 2018. Please send or drop off all entries to:

Maxine Mosley
c/o Henry J. McLaughlin Jr. Middle School
290 So. Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109
(603) 628-6247 ext. 9

Include your name, teacher’s name, school and school phone number. Also include your home address and phone number.