Black History Month Art Contest

Utah Jazz Black History Month Essay Contest

Investing in the Future

Utah community leaders came together to sign a compact committing to anti-racist principles and actions. The Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is founded on the principles that all people are created equal and that all Utahns must have a truly equal opportunity to prosper.

Select a principle or phrase from the compact and write an essay that describes and/or demonstrates your personal commitment to moving from promise to action and how to activate/inspire our communities to do the same.

Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - The Salt Lake Chamber (

Judging Criteria

Essays will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Organization/clarity
  • Insight and understanding of the writing prompt
  • Author voice and style
  • Grammar/mechanics

Competition Levels

The contest is open to all students from grades 9–12.

There will be one group for all entries.

A judging committee will select three finalists, one of which will be the overall winner.


All three finalists will receive a $500 gift card and Jazz fan pack, including autographed player photo.

In addition, the overall winner will receive a virtual appearance with a Jazz player to his/her/their class.

How To Enter

Contest opens: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Contest closes: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Entry forms must be completed at and essay submitted by email to on or before 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.


All entrants must comply with the Official Rules.

One (1) author per essay; one (1) essay per student.

Essay must be the author’s original, unpublished work.

The entry form must be completed in its entirety.

Essay must be a minimum of five hundred (500) words but must not exceed twelve hundred (1200) words.

A panel of judges will review the essays and select winners.

All decisions regarding winners will be in the sole discretion of the judges and will be final and binding in all respects

The Utah Jazz reserve the right to use, at their discretion, any essay submitted and in any matter determined by the Utah Jazz.

By entering, contestants agree to abide by the above guidelines, as well as the information regarding winners.

Read the complete rules and regulations here


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