The United States Courts of Appeals along with the United States District Courts in the Seventh and Eighth Circuits are hosting the Second Annual Bill of Rights Day Contest.

The Contest is open to all students in grades 3-12 in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Students are encouraged to submit art (videos, visual art, poems, songs) and essays on the Importance of the Bill of Rights.

A grand prize winner from each of the three groups (3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade) will be awarded a $500 cash prize, take part in the virtual event on Wednesday, December 1 with Federal Judges and other legal experts on the enduring rights afforded to Americans by the Bill of Rights, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts. Semi-finalists from each District Court will receive an electronic gift card valued at $50.

District Semi-finalists will be notified before Thanksgiving and grand prize winners will be announced at the virtual event on December 1.  Must be present to win the grand prize.

Submissions along with a completed entry form will be accepted Friday, September 17, through 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.  Click HERE to download the rules and entry form.

Email Submissions and Forms to:

Everyone is encourage to join the virtual event on December 1st at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET.  Contest participation is not required for the virtual event.  There will be chances to win additional prizes!

Event registration is required. Click HERE to register.

For questions, please contact Lauren Thiel at or via phone at 312-435-5603.

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