MaryKnoll Essay Contest Due: 11-14-22


What is your dream for a better community and world?

1st Place Prize:

$1,000 per division

2nd Place Prize:

$300 per division

3rd Place Prize:

$150 per division


In his book, “Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future,” Pope Francis writes, “God asks us to dare to create something new.” How is God inviting you to create something new that would help your community and the world? Write an essay responding to that question.


Entries should be 500–750 words. Essays should include your name and division typed on each page.

Note: Spelling and grammar count.

Students may
1) submit essays online OR

2) mail essays to the address below. Mailed essays should be typed and stapled, each attached to an ENTRY COVER SHEET


Students in grades 6–8 (Division I) and grades 9–12 (Division II) are eligible.


Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2022. First-place essays will appear in the Summer 2023 Maryknoll magazine. All winning entries will be published online at by April 1, 2023.


MAIL TO: 2022 Student Essay Contest, Division __, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302
Call: 1-914-570-4118, ext. 2487

Mailed essays should be typed or neatly handwritten in ink and stapled, each attached to an ENTRY COVER SHEET available here.