Civics Games editorial contest deadline extended to November 14

The deadline for the Wisconsin Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest, presented by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, has been extended to Monday, November 14 at 11:59 PM.

The competition is open to all Wisconsin middle and high school students, including homeschooled students. Essays and cartoons should focus on the importance of the First Amendment. Students are encouraged to draw on personal experiences, current events, and historical examples.

First place winners in each competition will receive $500, second place winners will receive $250, third place winners will receive $100, and honorable mention recipients will receive $50. Winning entries will also be featured in newspapers in are published nationwide.

With the extension of the deadline, the winners will now be announced in early January.

writing contest

For the writing contest, high school students must submit a “guest column” (500 words or less) on the First Amendment, and high school students must submit a “letter to the editor” (200 words or less) on the same topic.

cartoon contest

Students wishing to enter the editorial cartoon contests must submit a First Amendment themed editorial cartoon.

Additional information can be found at Those interested in providing support through a donation or sponsorship can also find more information on the Civics Games website.

ABOUT THE WNA FOUNDATION The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to support programs that promote excellence in journalism, engage current and future newspaper leaders, and invest in our communities. The foundation raises, manages and allocates funds and other resources for the benefit of the Wisconsin newspaper industry.

ABOUT THE WISCONSIN CIVICS GAMES In response to declining citizenship education and participation, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation launched the Civics Games in 2018. By engaging young adults in collaborative competition and reporting on civic affairs, the Wisconsin Civics Games aim to help cultivate future generations’ understanding of their role in our democracy.

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