5th Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest

Since the earliest days of the American republic, cartoonists have entertained us, drawn attention to the issues of the day, and provoked discussion. In short, cartoons contribute to our civic life. In that spirit, celebrate Bill of Rights Day with the First Amendment Cartoon Contest!

The theme of this year's contest is "The right to freedom of expression in school."

All students nationwide — elementary, middle, and high school — are invited to submit a cartoon illustrating one or more of the principles of:

Free Speech • Symbolic Expression

If you are creative and like to draw, this is your chance to illustrate principles of freedom and perhaps win a prize! Submissions will be judged on the basis of content, artistic quality, and creativity.

Six winners will each receive a $50* cash prize, and the winners and up to 5 honorable mentions will be showcased on the Judges, Courts, and the Law web site. In addition, selected classes will have the opportunity to speak live online with Mary Beth Tinker, one of the original plaintiffs in the Tinker v. Des Moines case.

To find more about Free Expression in Schools, go to the Courts in the Classroom Animated Web Site and click on The Big Ideas > Free Expression > Free Speech. The Tinker v. Des Moines case will help students understand more about Free Expression in Schools. In addition, we have prepared case summaries for Tinker and other cases that will be helpful.

View: 1st Annual Winners |2nd Annual Winners | 3rd Annual Winners | 4th Annual Winners

Submission Deadline:
March 14, 2014

Results Announced:
May 1, 2014 (Law Day)


Contest sponsored by:


*Prize money is provided by Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Administration of Justice Fund.

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