Peace Week Youth Essay Contest

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

  • 7th-8th Grade Winner – Tie
    • Tod V. – My Vision for a More Peaceful Arkansas – Christ Little Rock
    • Hunter W. – Arkansas Peace Essay – Pleasant Plains
  • 9th-10th Grade Winner – Noah M. – Peace in Arkansas – White County Central
  • 11th-12th Grade Winner – Raga M. – No Justice, No Peace – Little Rock Central

Read the Essays from all the Winners and Finalist

Arkansas Peace Week Essay contest is open to Arkansas students, 7th – 12th grade.

Essay should address the following theme:
Describe your vision of a more peaceful Arkansas in 2031, ten years from now. What issues does Arkansas face today need to change? How will Arkansans benefit from becoming a more peaceful state? What actions will you and your generation take to promote peace and justice as you grow into adulthood?

Each submission will be judged on the basis of following criteria: understanding of the theme and its implementation in the piece, uniqueness, and writing style and flow.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • 7th & 8th grades
  • 9th & 10th grades
  • 11th & 12th grades

1st Place winners in each category will receive $100
2nd Place winners in each category will receive $50
3rdt Place winners in each category will receive $25

All award winners will be announced, and are invited to read their essays at Peace Week Youth Summit on September 26, 2021. Certificates and prizes will be mailed to the winners.

Entries must be submitted by September 10, 2021. Essays must be typed or pasted in this Online From. To submit your essay, complete this form and follow the required steps. Entries submitted by postal mail or e-mail are not accepted.

Essays must be no more than 500 words. Essays must be typed or pasted in the form. Submittal of separate documents and most other text formatting is not available in the form. Essays may be in any style (thesis or prose, academic or literary), as long as the content is in line with the theme. Essays will be judge anonymously, do not include your name or school in the body of your essay.

Only one entry per person is accepted. Essays must be original. Plagiarized entries will be rejected. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

Schools, teachers, faith groups and other youth organizations are encouraged to sponsor and guide students with their submissions.

Submitters will relinquish and transfer to Arkansas Peace Week usage rights for submitted content. Arkansas Peace Week may, without further approval, exhibit, distribute, edit, reproduce, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and broadcast the submitted content.