Call for entries: 2014 New Orleans Loving Festival Essay Competition

The New Orleans Loving Festival is accepting entries for the 2014 Youth Essay Contest.  The Loving Festival is a multiracial community celebration and film festival that challenges racial discrimination through outreach and education.

Middle school and high school students in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area are invited to submit essays that addresses: Why we should celebrate Loving Day in our community?

Loving Day is a day of multiracial celebrations across the country that organizes people to fight racial prejudice.  The celebration honors the legacy of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose 1967 civil rights lawsuit ended race-based legal restrictions on marriage, and serves to facilitate constructive community responses to racial prejudice and discrimination.

The deadline for entries is March 31.  Submissions should be 1,000 words in length, single spaced, and written in size 12 Times New Roman font.  All entries will be judged by Festival staff. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded.

For a full explanation of eligibility requirements and contest details, or to submit an entry, visit the contest page. Users must create an account to submit.