Online Application for First Amendment Freedom Art and Essay Contest



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Online Application for First Amendment Freedom Art and Essay Contest

November 23, 2015

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in partnership with NIE Chicago Tribune and The Mash announce the 2016 student essay and art contest on the First Amendment. Students in grades 7 through 11 at the date of submitting their entry are invited to participate.

Students in the Chicagoland area are asked to submit an essay or create a work of art that best addresses the following assignment:

Describe or portray how one or more of the five freedoms in the First Amendment personally affects your daily life.

Contest Guidelines

Only one entry per student per essay and art category.

Only one student per school per essay and art category is eligible to win.

All entries must be submitted online or postmarked by September 30th, 2016.

Before applying, please review the following links for more information:

First Amendment Contest-Common Core Flyer

First Amendment Freedom Student and Teacher Guides

To apply via mail please send entries to:

ADL First Amendment Freedoms Contest

c/o Anti-Defamation League

120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1150

Chicago, IL 60603

To download the contest entry curriculum please click here:

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First Amendment Art and Essay Contest 2016

Describe or portray how one or more of the five freedoms in the First Amendment personally affects your daily life.



  • Student's Name*

First Last

  • Student's Home Address*

Street Address Address Line 2 City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Country

  • Phone*



  • Email*

Enter Email Confirm Email

  • Current Grade (select one)*

    • 7th

    • 8th

    • 9th

    • 10th

    • 11th

  • Current School Name*



  • Current School Address*

Street Address Address Line 2 City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Country

  • Teacher's Name*

First Last

  • Teacher's Email Address*



  • School Phone Number*



  • School name in the Fall ( if different from current school).



All entries received before September 30th will be considered for the 2016 Scholarship Award. Entries received after October 1st will be considered for the 2017 Scholarship Award. Entrants must submit an original and unpublished essay. The essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Other forms of creative written expression, including poems and short stories that are within the guidelines will also be accepted. The essay must be typed in 12-point font minimum and double-spaced on 8.5'x11' unlined paper with 1.25' margins. The essay must be written in the English language. The essay must not exceed 2 pages. The entrant's name, school, or city should not appear anywhere on the essay pages.

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