MLK Poster Essay Contest Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for middle school and high school students to submit posters and essays to the VBA YLD and Diversity Section contest is December 22, 2017.  Students are asked to submit short essays and posters reflecting the theme of Dr. Kings famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  Please encourage any interested middle or high school students (or their schools) to contact us for entry requirements.  See contest rules, below:

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster-Essay Contest Rules and Information


Sponsors: The Vermont Bar Association’s Diversity Section and Young Lawyers Division

Theme: “I Have a Dream” 

Eligibility: Vermont Middle School Students (category 1) Vermont High School Students (category 2)

Criteria: Each of the criteria listed below must be met:

·       The poster and essay must relate to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

·       Essays must be written or typed on a separate sheet of paper and taped to the back of the poster. No more than 250 words per essay for middle school entries and no more than 500 words per essay for high school entries. Essays to explain how the poster reflects Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” message.

·       Any drawing instruments may be used for the poster; computer generated art or photos taken by the student may also be incorporated into the poster design.

·       A completed entry form must be taped to the back of each poster.

·       Posters may not be larger than 12” x 18” on white paper. Lamination is optional.

·       One submission per student or student team. Teams of up to two students permitted.

·       Essays will be judged on relevance to theme, spelling, grammar, punctuation, content and creativity.

·       Posters will be judged on relevance to theme, quality of design and creativity.

Deadline: All submissions must be postmarked on or before December 22, 2017 or hand-delivered to the VBA Office, 35-37 Court Street, Montpelier VT 05601-0100, by 12:00 noon on December 22, 2017.

Prizes: Three winners will be selected for each category. The two 1st place winners will each receive a plaque and their schools will receive a traveling trophy, to be returned the following year for presentation to the winning students’ schools that year. The two 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive framed certificates. All winners will be invited to a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse around the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2018 holiday for recognition, and the winning posters will be displayed at the Vermont Supreme Court Building, published in the Vermont Bar Journal, and posted on the website.

More Information: If you have questions about this contest or if you would like an entry form, please contact the Vermont Bar Association at (802) 223-2020 or e-mail Thank you and good luck!