Essay and Slogan Contests

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.
Essays and slogans may be submitted either by online essay and slogan form 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: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by 5 p.m. (EST)   EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2020 BY 5 P.M.
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)
2020 Essay Prompt
“What changes should Kentucky make to its election system, and why?” Please limit your suggestions to those which would not require a constitutional amendment, and your essay to 1,000 words.

Slogan Contest

(Middle school students, grades 6-8)
2020 Slogan Prompt
Secretary Adams is launching the Frederick Douglass Award to encourage voter registration efforts in Kentucky schools. Write a slogan for the launching of this program.


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.