Requirements, Eligibility, and Awards

Prize: $500
Optional Honorable Mentions: $200
Plus, all winners will receive a “clean” (pre-”In God We Trust”) one dollar bill.

TOPIC: Kentucky ‘In God We (Don’t) Trust’ Student Art Contest

PROMPT: Kentucky passed a law this year requiring all public school districts to prominently display “In God We Trust.” “In God We Trust” was unwisely passed by Congress as a belated motto in the 1950s. It is not accurate and it is exclusionary, because 24 percent of Americans and more than a third of young people identify today as nonreligious.

The Kentucky law specifically states that “In God We Trust” displays may be in the form of “student artwork.” Students are invited to submit artwork or a poster design that they would like to see hanging on a wall of their school, that conforms to the text of the law, but undermines its intent. The artwork must contain the phrase “In God We Trust,” but in a context that either protests the motto, subverts the religious intent of the new law, or shows why “In God We Trust” is not an appropriate motto to be displayed in public schools.

ELIGIBILITY: Any student currently enrolled in a Kentucky public school (K-12) who disagrees with the new law requiring “In God We Trust” to be posted in all schools.

DEADLINE: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

SUBMISSION RULES: Please fill out the online submission form and attach a digital or scanned image of your artwork.

AGREEMENT: By submitting an entry in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF) artwork contest, you consent and agree to the following terms. Artist grants FFRF a non-exclusive license to publish the artwork. Artist agrees that the artwork may be used for publicity and promotional materials by FFRF including, but not limited to, use on FFRF’s website, Facebook page, Twitter page, Freethought Today, or any other materials (printed or electronic) distributed by FFRF.

Artist agrees not to submit any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by artist. Artist agrees that, by submitting artwork, Artist waives all rights of privacy and compensation in connection with the use of Artist’s artwork by FFRF. In order to ensure that the images submitted may be published in print or online, FFRF maintains the right to edit the image for size and/or content.

If you enter the contest, you agree, if you win an award, to promptly provide FFRF with a high-resolution photograph of yourself suitable for reproduction with your winning artwork.