The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards are paused for 2020-2021.
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards Celebration
What began as a forum for drawing students together to talk about discrimination and difference has evolved into a community-wide celebration.
With the support of M. Shernell Smith and Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Award celebration has become the centerpiece of the university's observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and an integral part of the Center's month-long focus on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Hundreds attend the event each year, which is free and open to the public.
The annual celebration features readings by the top three winners in high school and college poetry and prose, along with musical performances and refreshments. Honorable mentions and the top entries of each participating school are also recognized.
All are welcome.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a transition in program leadership, the Writing Awards competition and celebration will not take place in 2020-2021.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards celebration is co-sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Department of English, and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Support for the 2020 celebration was received from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cohen & Grigsby, Hachette Book Group, and Champtires.