Peace Week Youth Essay Contest


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Arkansas Peace Week Essay contest is open to Arkansas students, 7th – 12th grade. In 2021 we had over 150 submission from all over the state. Schools, teachers, faith groups and other youth organizations are encouraged to sponsor and guide students with their submissions.

Essay should address the following theme:

  • What does peace mean to you? What prevents us from living in peace and harmony? What can you do to address divisions in our communities?

Submissions will be judged on the basis of following criteria: -Understanding of the theme, original thinking relative to the topic, effectiveness in presenting a point, of-view, and literary style, grammar and spelling

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • – 7th grade
  • – 8th grade
  • – 9th grade
  • – 10th grade
  • – 11th grade
  • – 12th grade

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

Finalist will be announced by September 18, 2022. Award winners will be announced, and are invited to read their essays at the Arkansas State Capitol on September 24.

Entries must be submitted by September 6, 2022. For complete rules and to register for the contest, please see our Online Registration Form.

Post our Peace Week Essay Contest Flyer at your school or community center.

Read the Essays from the 2021 Winners and Finalist