Art & Prose of Freedom Contest Guidelines

Theme: What does freedom mean to you? Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to define or redefine freedom in 2022 in the spirit of Juneteenth.

Entry Guidelines: Open to any student in a Montgomery County public, private, parochial, or home school.

General Contest Rules:

  • Students may submit only one entry per category - Poem, Essay and Art.
  • Entries received after May 27, 2022 will not be eligible.
  • Submissions must be in good taste and free of any images/language generally considered as offensive. Works with inappropriate or discriminatory language or symbols will be disqualified.
  • All submissions must have a title.
  • Qualifying submissions will be judged on content, quality, and creativity.
  • Team entries are not allowed. Do not submit artwork created by more than one person. 
  • Parents/Guardians must sign the entry form

Poem/Essay Guidelines:

  • If typed, 12 pt. or 14 pt. Times New Roman or Arial (font). If handwritten, it must be legible.
  • Word count for essays:   
    • CATEGORY I: K - 5th Grades (50 - 200 words) 
    • CATEGORY II: 6th - 8th Grades (250 – 350 words) 
    • CATEGORY III:  9th - 12th Grades (400 – 500 words) 
  • Essays will be judged on the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation and originality. Correct spelling and originality are a must for poems (no word count restrictions).

Art Submission Guidelines:

  • Use any medium (drawing, painting, photography, sculptures, video, music, and graphic design). Photographs or quality scanned copies are accepted of work that cannot be submitted via email.
  • No photographs that include other people.
  • Artwork with copyrighted or trademarked characters (such as comic, television, or movie characters), with logos or trademarked names of specific products, or with any political references, images or messages will be disqualified.

How to Participate: Download and complete our entry form. Then, submit your completed form and contest entry to: 

  • Email: (Preferred)
  • Mail

Art and Prose of Freedom Contest

Attention: Donna L. Richemond, Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Commissioners Office

PO Box 311

Norristown, PA 19404-0311

  • In-Person: Commissioners Office, One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown, PA

Questions should be directed to Donna L. Richemond at or 610-278-1499.