U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., launched his second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest this week.

He encourages students from all grade levels in Connecticut to submit essays that reflect on King’s dream and what he would think about it today, as well as their own aspirations and how they relate to King’s work.

Essays should be no more than 500 words for high school students, 300 words for middle school students in sixth through eighth grades, and 100 to 200 words for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Pictures are optional for elementary school submissions.

Students can submit their work online through a Google doc form, which is also found on his website.

The submission deadline is Jan. 10.

“Racism, homophobia, and prejudice are tragically alive and well in America today,” Murphy said in a statement. “I’m launching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay challenge for the second year to encourage young people all over Connecticut to commit to making Dr. King’s dream for equality - no matter your skin color, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation - a reality. Dr. King’s leadership united millions of Americans, and his legacy will live on forever because of it.”