Essay and Slogan Contest

​​​​​​​​​​​Essay and Slogan Contest

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announces a statewide essay contest for students in grades 9 through 12, and a statewide slogan contest for grades 6-8. The Secretary of State will award prizes and recognize winners in a public ceremony.

Secretary Adams encourages all eligible students to demonstrate their commitment to active citizenship by participating in the contest. Secretary Adams appreciates the partnership of sponsors willing to invest in the next generation of Kentucky’s leaders.

Essay and Slogan Contest Rules​ and Submission Form [PDF, 161KB]​​ ​​

Essays and slogans may be submitted either on​line or by mail to:

ATTN: Essay and Slogan Contest
Office of the Secretary of State
Suite 152, State Capitol
700 Capital Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601

Deadline to Enter: Thursday, February 15 at 5 pm. (EST)​

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact the Office at (502) 564-3490 or via e​mail

Essay Contest (High school students, grades 9-12)

2023 Essay Prompt - “What can students do to address the mutual distrust of people of opposing political parties?” Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.​

Slogan Contest (Middle school students, grades 6-8)​

2023 Slogan Prompt - Political polarization is at a high. Suggest a slogan to promote respectful discourse in the political arena.​


Secretary Adams encourages sponsors to contribute in support of this contest. Please contact Haley Day at (502) 782-7418 to volunteer or request more information. ​