Martin Luther King Program

Office of the Provost

Submission Guidelines

Deadline:  To be considered, all essay or poem submissions must be received by 5:00pm PST on November 30, 2016.  Submissions should be entered at


  1. Submissions may come only from WSU international undergraduate or graduate students.
  2. Essays should be no longer that 1,500 words, typewritten on 8 x 11 paper, and double-spaced.  A cover sheet must accompany the essay with the student’s full name, WSU ID#, year in school, and major.
  3. Choose an international civil rights figure and (1) explain their background, (2) the social justice cause they championed, (3) the result of their advocacy, and (4) how they inspire you today.  Part four can be submitted as a creative writing piece such as a poem.
  4. Submissions must be the Entrant’s original work.  Entrants should not knowingly copy another’s idea or plagiarize another person’s work, but entries will not be excluded merely because another Entrant has a similar idea.
  5. Must not contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, offensive, threatening, profane, harassing, or discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or age), and must not promote illegal activities.
  6. The MLK Program reserves the right to use and reproduce the submission on MLK marketing materials and during Washington State University events.

Examples of Submissions:

-          Ghandi from India

-          Rigoberta Menchú from Guatemala

-          Nelson Mandela from South Africa

-          Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan

-          The Mirabal Sisters (Patria, Minerva, & Maria Teresa) from the Dominican Republic

-          Toyohiko Kagawa from Japan.

-          Oscar Romero from El Salvador


The top three winners will receive a $300, $200, and $100 educational scholarship respective to their submission standing, and a ticket to attend the Latah County Human Rights Task Force Breakfast in Moscow, Idaho, on January 21, 2017.


For questions, contact Maria de Jesus Dixon at