Please note: Students are encouraged to write their essays in a word processing program that they can save, and then copy and paste their finished work into this form.

Essays must be the original work of students residing in Minnesota who began fourth, fifth, or sixth grade in September of 2020. Essays should be about 125-300 words. Three winners will be chosen, and each winner will be awarded a $100 prize. The winning essays will also be published in the League’s publication, Minnesota Cities magazine. Please submit only one entry per child. This form can also be found in a PDF format at

Essays must be submitted via this form, emailed as a PDF attachment, or postmarked and mailed by Dec. 7, 2020.

Winners only will be notified via email in early January.

  • For Parents and Caregivers

    There is no cost to enter. Winners will be selected based on creativity, originality, and ability to show a basic understanding of city services.

    Three restrictions apply:

    • Essays must be the original work of children who are Minnesota residents in fourth, fifth, or sixth grade as of September 2020.
    • You agree to have your child’s essay published in Minnesota Cities magazine, as well as other League communications such as its website, blog, and Cities Bulletin newsletter.
    • You agree that your city’s mayor and local media will be notified of your child’s winning entry.
  • Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks & rec, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and more!

    If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make one of the services that your city provides even better?