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The Mayor for a Day Essay Contest is back to find out! This year, the contest is more flexible than ever to help students participate from a variety of learning environments and for cities to connect with local students.

To enter, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can answer the prompt, “What would you do if you were mayor for a day?” for a chance to win $100 and recognition in Minnesota Cities magazine.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Students and parents/caregivers can submit essays via an online form, a PDF email attachment, or through the mail. Winners only will be notified in early January. Some cities may provide additional local recognition for participants.

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How can you submit your essays?

There are three ways to send us your students’ essays.

  • Submit online – students can enter their essays into this online form and submit them directly.
  • Print and mail it – you can print this document for students to handwrite their essays and then mail them in to 145 University Ave. W, Saint Paul, MN 55103.
  • Email as an attachment – students can type their essays into this fillable PDF, save the document, and then email them to us at mayorforaday@lmc.org.

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