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Theme and Topic

The theme of the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is: “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”


  • Essays must reflect the assigned theme and topic, and be submitted by the published deadline.
  • Essays must be the student’s original work.
  • Essays must be typed on 8 1/2” X 11” paper, one sided, double spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Essays must be between 500 and 750 words long.
  • The student’s name should appear only on the official Knights of Columbus Essay Contest entry form which should be stapled to the essay.
  • All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.


Judges will be selected by the Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus council. Council, assembly members, clergy, civic officials and/or members of the community may serve as judges.

Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:
20 points: Overall impression — How well does the essay describe the role of a Catholic citizen in a free society?
30 points: Content — How clearly is the theme presented?
20 points: Grammar — How well is the essay written with respect to sentence structure, paragraph construction and spelling?
30 points: Style — Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a compelling style?

Sponsoring Organization

The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The official responsible for the contest is the grand knight of the sponsoring council, or faithful navigator of the sponsoring assembly.

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