Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards
Honest. Daring. Eloquent young voices.
Since 1999, Carnegie Mellon University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards has provided an outlet for young people to express their personal experiences with difference and discrimination of all kinds through poetry and prose. The mission of the awards is to create a safe and creative haven for sharing difficult stories in the belief that the process of writing itself can help break down barriers of difference in our lives. The awards are open to all high school and college students in western Pennsylvania and all Carnegie Mellon campuses.
View our informational video and explore the links below for tips on writing and submitting your entries, access to twenty years' of prizewinning work, and details on our activities.