Essay Contest 2016

Attention writers! The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools — in grades 10, 11 and 12 during the current (2016-17) school year.

The theme of the essay contest is “The Importance of Religious Freedom.” The contest opens the doors of young minds, enabling the entrants to be creative, thoughtful and introspective in their work.


A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each grade level.  Winning essays will be passed on for additional competition at the district, state and international levels.


Essays must reflect the assigned theme and topic (“The Importance of Religious Freedom.”), and be submitted by February 12, 2017.

Essays must be the student’s original work.

Essays must be typed on 8 1/2” X 11” paper, one sided, double spaced, with one-inch margins.

Essays must be between 500 and 750 words long.

The student’s name should appear only on the official Knights of Columbus Essay Contest entry form which should be included with the essay.

All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.

Entries may be submitted electronically here or mailed to Essay Contest, 1114 W. American Blvd., Bloomington MN 55420.


Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:
35 points: Content? How clearly is the theme presented?
30 points: Grammar? How well is the essay written with respect to sentence
structure, paragraph construction and spelling?
35 points: Style? Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development
of the topic in a compelling style?