Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

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Gandhi Essay Contest 2013-2014

Welcome Students and Teachers!

We’re glad that you are participating in the annual statewide Rhode Island 8th Grade Gandhi Essay Contest hosted by the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. 

Gandhi Essay Flier 2013-2014 and Essay Prompt

NEW for Teachers

URI and RIDE have joined forces to ensure that the 2013-14 contest essay is now aligned with the RI Common Core Standards. Gandhi Essay Common Core Standards

All teachers of participating students will receive a colorful, instructional Gandhi poster for their classrooms. 



Who is eligible to participate?

All Grade 8 Rhode Island students who attend public, private, parochial, or home school programs.


All students receive a certificate of participation. Finalists, teachers, and family members are invited to an awards ceremony at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus. Multiple winners receive cash prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50. Participating teachers receive a classroom poster.

Essay Guidelines

1. The essay is designed to comply with Rhode Island Common Core Standards. Several options for teachers to use are available on this website.

2. Format – reflective personal essay consistent with the RI Common Core Standards.

3. Essay must be double-spaced, typed, and a maximum of 3 pages (750 words).

4. 12-point font size, 1″ margin.

5. MLA format will be used for any in-text citations and for the works cited page. Works cited page is not included in page and word count.

6. A cover page should include the essay title, and contact information for the student, teacher, and school. Do NOT include names or any identifying information anywhere else on the essay.


Essays will be judged using a scoring rubric.

 Gandhi Essay rubric 2013-2014

Submitting Your Essay

Gandhi Essay Cover Page

Please mail or deliver your cover page, original essay, and three copies of your essay to:

Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita
Attn:Gandhi Essay Contest
URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies
74 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881


Essays must be postmarked on or before Thursday, January 30, 2014 (Gandhi’s assassination date)


All winning essays become property of the contest sponsor.

URI Contest Sponsors

  • URI Center for Nonviolence Peace Studies
  • University Honors Program
  • School of Education
  • Writing Program

Decisions will be announced April 30, 2014

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