Announcing the 2018 Peace Essay Contest

The annual Peace Essay contest sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education is now open for entries. The theme for this year’s contest is “Remembering All of Virginia’s History.”

The writing prompt asks students what people or events are not included among Virginia’s monuments? What new monument could help tell a more complete history, and build understanding and respect among all Virginians? They’re asked to describe what a new monument might look like and where it might it be placed.


The contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high school students in Virginia. It offers a top prize of $100 in each of four grade divisions: K-2, 3-5, middle, and high school. Seven additional cash prizes are awarded in each division. Teachers are encouraged to use the contest’s writing prompt as they prepare students for the annual SOL writing tests.


Deadline for entries is April 16, 2018



The Peace Essay Contest honors the memory of the late Jim Doherty, whose family foundation has long provided support for this program of the Peace Center.

Entry forms, along with contest rules and a complete description of the writing prompt are available here:

Essay contest 2018 (.pdf)

Essay contest 2018 (.doc)

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