Essay contest submissions needed to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

INDIANACorydon Capitol State Historic Site, in partnership with the Leora Brown School, is calling for essay submissions to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Students in grades 4-12 will reflect on his work during the civil rights movement and explore how his legacy has impacted us today.

Submissions will be accepted now through Dec. 17, 2021, and winners will be announced on Jan. 17, 2022.


This competition is broken into three categories (grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12). Essays should explain how King Jr.’s civil rights work affects you today.

The word requirements are:

  • Grades 4-6: 150-300 words
  • Grades 7-8: 300-500 words
  • Grades 9-12: 500-1000 words

Submissions can be mailed to 202 E. Walnut St., Corydon, IN 47112, and must be postmarked by Dec. 17, 2021.

Or you can email your submissions to by Dec. 17, 2021.

Entry form

Join us at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in the State Capitol Building on Jan. 17, 2022, at 1 p.m. to hear the contest winners announced and listen to a reading of their essays. First-place winners will receive a $100 deposit into their CollegeChoice 529 account.

The in-person event will be limited to 25 people, but it will also be live-streamed on the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Facebook page.

Click here to register