Essay Contest Open to Ages 18-24


For the first time, the Richmond Peace Education Center will sponsor an essay contest for young adults, timed to this election season.

This contest is open to ages 18-24 and undergraduates enrolled in Virginia colleges, community colleges and universities.


“Fostering Civil Political Discourse”

Writing prompt:  In this year’s political campaigns, some candidates have used stereotyping comments about women, minorities, Muslims, immigrants, poor people, etc., language that does not represent the highest ideals of our country. How might we promote a political climate that brings together people of different backgrounds and beliefs in order to build a nation that lives up to its ideals of being welcoming, inclusive and just? Knowing that our politicians are role-models for both children and adults, how might we encourage civil discourse in the current political climate?

Put your name, university, mailing address, and phone numbers on your paper.

First Prize: $150  *   Second Prize: $100  *  Third Prize: $50

Deadline: Nov. 8th

Max. 800 words

Send essays to:
3500 Patterson Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221.

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