Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People

Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People 2020 Winners.

This essay contest was organized to harness the energy, creativity, and initiative of our hometown hero Toni Morrison. Organized by: African American Community Fund, Community Foundation of Lorain County, Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Public Library System, Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators, Lorain County Urban League, Lorain County Section of National Council of Negro Women.

2021 Theme: The Site of Memory

In the narrative, The Site of Memory, Toni Morrison reflects upon the importance of people, places, family, and the familiar details of everyday people’s extraordinary lives. Toni Morrison used her imagination to write stories about the lives of ordinary individuals in a unique way. This year’s writing prompt is: Reflect upon how have people and places informed and sustained you during this pandemic.


1. Essays may be submitted by students Kindergarten through College in one of the following categories:

a) Elementary school (K-5) b) Middle school (6-8) c) High school (9-12) d) College

2. The essay must be 700 words or less, excluding the essay title and cover page. The essay may be typed or printed. Pictures with elementary categories are acceptable.

3. Entries may be submitted online, by postal mail or dropped off.

4. Entries submitted must include a cover page indicating:

(1) your name (2) category (a,b,c,d) (3) address (4) e-mail (student or guardian) (5) phone number (6) school name.

5. The essay must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.

All submissions must be from Lorain County residents.


Entries must be received by February 12, 2021 by 5:00pm.


Please send your entries to Community Foundation of Lorain County ATTN: Toni Morrison Essay Contest 9080 Leavitt Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 or


Each category a, b, c and d: 1st-$75 Gift card 2nd-$50 Gift card 3rd-$25 Gift card

Checkout some of our 2020 Lorain County Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People winners in this Toni Morrison Special.