The Seventh Circuit along with Seventh and Eighth Circuits’ district courts are hosting the Fourth Annual Bill of Rights Day Contest. 

The Contest is open to all students in middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Students are encouraged to submit art (visual art, poem, song, video, drawings and paintings) and essays on the Importance of the Bill of Rights.

Finalists from each grade level will receive a $50 prize and advance to the finals.  Grand prize winners will be awarded a $500 cash prize, be able to take part in a virtual award ceremony with a federal judge on Wednesday, December 6, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts.

Finalists will be notified before Thanksgiving and grand prize winners will be announced at the LIVE virtual zoom event on December 6th.  Must be present to win the grand prize.

Submissions deadline is October 29.   For contest prompts, complete rules, and a link to the online submission form, please visit

Everyone is encourage to join the virtual award event on December 6th at 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT.  Contest participation is not required for the virtual event.  Click here to register for the webinar.

Questions regarding the contest can be directed to the Courts Public Services Administrator, Lauren Thiel at

For additional information please see below:

•           2023 Event Flyer.pdf

•           2023 Contest Flyer.pdf