‘Mayor for a Day Essay Contest’ invites students to share ideas for improving their city

Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can submit essays by Dec. 12 for a chance to win $100.

(Oct. 11, 2022 – St. Paul, Minn.)

The Mayor for a Day Essay Contest, hosted by the League of Minnesota Cities, is now open for submissions. 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.

Students may also receive local recognition for their work.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 12. Students and parents/caregivers can submit essays via an online form, a PDF email attachment, or the mail. All contest materials are available at lmc.org/mayorforaday.

To help teachers and parents/guardians make the most of this learning opportunity, a primer on what it’s like to be mayor is also available on the League’s website.

The contest is in its tenth year and annually receives hundreds of essays from students across the state. The 2021 winners were from Waseca County/New Richland, Rochester, and Ely. Four honorable mentions were named from the cities of Elk River, Zimmerman, Hartland, and Rochester.