Who May Enter
The essay contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Note: Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, and members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.
The prompt for the 2020 Essay Contest is "What barriers remain today in exercising the right to vote? What changes, if any, would you make to protect or expand voting rights?"
Length & Format
Essays are limited to 1000 words. Citations should be placed in footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies and excluded from the word count. Submit your essay as a Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Do not include your name on your essay.
The deadline has been extended. Your essay and entry form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. The contest entry form includes instructions for submitting your essay. Submit your entry form after completing your essay.