Boxing essay contest open to young writers

Attention young writers who want to write about the sweet science. There is an essay contest, the Ali-King Essay Contest, running now. It is sponsored by Sartonk Designs, and open to writers aged 17-22 living in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

Sartonk, based in N.J., is the originator of the modern boxing belt.

Each winner will receive an original Sartonk award, designed specifically for the contest, and two tickets to the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet, while the first-place winner will receive a $300 award, the second-place finisher will receive $200, and the third-place contestant will receive $100.

Essays should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length. They should be in 12-point font, double spaced, and Word documents (no PDFs please). The name of the writer should be included on the first page of the essay.

Participants are to write an essay on ONE of the following topics:

1. Autobiographical

Recent times have seen a number of books and movies devoted to the lives of specific boxers. This is an industry filled with many compelling struggles. What does boxing mean in your life? Is boxing a metaphor for life? Why or why not? Do you relate to any boxers from previous generations? Write about the role boxing plays in your life and whether or not what you learn in the ring applies to who you are outside of it.

2. Ali and King

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a beacon of hope in American history as a leader and practitioner of nonviolence. Muhammad Ali achieved greatness in an explicitly violent sport. King drew from his Christian heritage, Ali from his devotion to Islam. Although these men may seem like opposites, they do, in fact, share similarities. Write about the historical significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali, comparing their characters, principles, and accomplishments.

3. The Role of Champions

From the early history of boxing (when the first Americans began fighting British fighters) to modern times, in which many minority communities are inspired by their champions, boxing has appealed to people of different backgrounds. Consider people like Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Many Pacquiao (or anyone you relate to) as you write about the role that champions play in inspiring people in their respective communities.

4. Women in Boxing

The last couple of decades have given us many outstanding female boxing talents. The 2012 Summer Olympic games for the first time include women’s boxing. Discuss the significance of the increasing role women play in the sport of boxing.

The winners will be selected by a committee of judges. All winning essays will be published on www.sartonk.com.

Participants must submit the application form online. Essays are to be uploaded to the application form. Completed applications must be submitted by midnight, October 1, 2012. Go to Sartonk.com to learn more about judging criteria.

Now ... float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, write your butt off and win some money!