WNA Foundation kicks off Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest

WNA Foundation kicks off Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest

At the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, we work to increase public awareness and understanding of the First Amendment and support educational initiatives for the next generation — future newspaper readers and journalists.

It’s why we launched the Wisconsin Civics Games and the Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest.

We’re excited to announce the second annual Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest, which aims to increase civic education and engagement while celebrating the rights established by the First Amendment.

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

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm Monday, Oct. 24, and winners will be announced in early December.

First-place winners in each contest 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 published by newspapers across the state.

Writing contest

For the writing contest, high school students will be asked to write a “guest column” (500 words or less) about the First Amendment, and middle school students will be asked to write a “letter to the editor” (200 words or less ) on the same topic. Enter the writing contest here.

Cartoon contest

Students wishing to compete in the editorial cartoon contests may do so by submitting one First Amendment-themed editorial cartoon. Enter the cartoon contest here.

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

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in 1980 to support programs that foster excellence in journalism, engage current and future newspaper leaders and invest in our communities. The foundation solicits, manages and disburses funds and other resources for the benefit of Wisconsin’s newspaper industry.

In response to declining civics education and participation, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation launched the Civics Games in 2018. By engaging young adults in collaborative competition, as well as through coverage of civic affairs, the Wisconsin Civics Games aims to help cultivate an understanding among future generations of their role in our democracy.

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