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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 online 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: Monday, January 31, 2021 by 5 p.m. (EST)
If you have any questions about the contest, please contact the Office at (502) 564-3490 or via email

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

2021 Essay Prompt - “What changes should Kentucky make to improve civic education and literacy?” Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.

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

2021 Slogan Prompt - Secretary Adams has​ launched the Frederick Douglass Award program to encourage voter registration efforts in Kentucky schools. Suggest a slogan to promote voter registration among young people.


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