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Martin Luther King, Jr. poetry contests open to Idaho State University, K-12 students

Posted January 3, 2013

As part of Idaho State University Martin Luther King, Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day Celebrations, poetry contests will be held for elementary, middle school and high school students, and for ISU students.

This contest seeks original poems of up to 40 lines that explore the theme of this year’s celebration, "The Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King." The contest will dovetail with the NAACP essay contest for high school-aged students.           

The contest submission deadline for K-12 students is Jan. 11. The submission deadline for ISU students is Jan. 16

Submissions will be categorized by age and judged by a panel of judges.

Contest winners will be asked to read their works at the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King, Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day program at ISU, where they will be recognized and presented with a  certificate in honor of their achievement. Poems will be published online through the ISU Diversity Resource Center website at

For more information on the contest contact Kelly Meyer at Submissions will be accepted via email at They can also be mailed to ISU Diversity Resource Center, 921 S. Eighth Ave., Stop 8315, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209-8315.

K-12 entries should include the author's name, age, school and contact information. ISU students need to include their name, major, hometown and contact information.

For more information, contact the ISU Diversity Resource Center, 282-3964.