Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People

2024 Essay Prompt

At the Community Foundation, we believe in the power of voices—especially the ones just beginning to bloom. Join us in celebrating the legacy of our hometown hero, Toni Morrison, as we unveil the 2024  Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People for Lorain County students.

The 2024 Essay prompts are:

Make a difference about something other than yourselves

-Toni Morrison


If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it

-Toni Morrison

Essay Contest Guidelines

  • Students from Kindergarten through College may submit essays in one
    of the following categories:
    a) Elementary school (K-5) b) Middle school (6-8)
    c) High school (9-12) d) College
  • The essay must be 300 words or less, excluding the essay title and
    cover page. The essay may be typed or written. Pictures in the elementary
    categories are acceptable.
  • Entries may be submitted online, by postal mail, or dropped off.
  • Entries submitted must include a cover page indicating the following:
    (1) your name (2) category (3) address (4) e-mail (student or guardian)
    (5) phone number (6) school name
  • The essay must be original and unpublished. AI can be used as a tool
    but the expectation is that the submission is original work. Plagiarized
    entries will be rejected.

Entries must be received by Friday, January 26th at 5:00 pm.

Please send your entries to:

Community Foundation of Lorain County

ATTN: Toni Morrison Essay Contest

9080 Leavitt Rd. Elyria, OH 44035



A Celebration of Toni Morrison

Learn about the life and legacy of Toni Morrision and view some of our 2020 Toni Morrison Essay award winners in this Today Show special.

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.