19th Amendment Art Contest

Why the 19th Amendment Is Still Important Today

The 19th amendment states as follows:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Contest Outline

Develop either a piece of writing or artwork that reflects why the right to vote is important in the United States today. The writing can be any genre (e.g., essay, poetry, short story). The art can be any medium (e.g., painting, photograph, audio/visual), but it must be self-contained and able to be submitted electronically into the contest (for visual art, that might mean a JPG image followed by delivery of the actual artwork in person).

A few rules:

  • Students ages 6-18 may enter one (1) original written work or art work into the contest.
  • Include your name, the name(s) of one or more of your parents/guardians, your email address, your phone number and the email address for one of your parents/guardians with your submission.
  • Submissions will be grouped into the following categories for judging:
    • Age 6-12 art
    • Age 6-12 writing
    • Age 13-18 art
    • Age 13-18 writing
  • By submitting your work, you agree that your submission may be used in whole or part by Momentum in any way, including (but not limited to) placed on display at the 2020 conference, on social media, accessible on the Momentum website, displayed in print media and used in other publications controlled by or at the request of Momentum.
  • All works must be original or created entirely by the student. Works that are plagiarized will not be considered.
  • Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded in each category:

  • $100 gift card or prize for the winner in each category.
  • $50 gift card or prize for multiple runners up in each category.
  • Recognition throughout the conference
  • Invitation to the Conference Award Ceremony Luncheon to be recognized (March 12,2020)

Judging Criteria


  • Expression of the theme
  • Originality
  • Technical ability
  • Creativity


  • Theme: meaning and development of message
  • Voice: bring the topic to life
  • Word choice: vocabulary conveys meaning
  • Sentence fluency: how words and phrases flow
  • Grammar: mechanical correctness


For questions, email Jennifer Buettner at jbuettner@birminghambar.org

The deadline for submission is February 20, 2020 by 5 pm.

Submissions may be emailed to contest@momentumleaders.org or submitted through the form below. If submitting through email, the guardian release form must be attached.

Contest Guidelines and Guardian Release Form

    On behalf of myself and my child or ward, and our respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, I hereby release and forever discharge Momentum Alumnae Program, Inc., and its representatives and assigns, employees, directors, agents, beneficiaries, volunteers, and any person, persons, or corporations acting under its permission or authority (collectively "Released Parties"), from and against any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages , or losses to person or property (including but not limited to my child/ward, me, and our family members) that may be sustained directly or indirectly as a result of my or my child's/ward's participation in any contest-related activity. I acknowledge that this Release extends and applies to and also covers and includes all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated, and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss, liability, and the consequences thereof, as well as those now known to exist. The provisions of any law or statute providing in substance that releases shall not extend to claims, demands, injuries, or damages that are unknown or unsuspected to exist at the time, to the person(s) executing such releases, are expressly waived. I, on behalf of myself, as parent or guardian of the child/ward, hereby assign, without limitation, from this date (indicated below), to the Released Parties its representatives and assigns, employees, directors, agents, beneficiaries, volunteers, and any person, persons, or corporations acting under its permission or authority the absolute right and permission to copyright and use, publish, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use my and/or my child/ward's name, age, contest submission (i.e., work of art or writing submitted to the contest) and any still or moving photographs of me and/or my child/ward, or any portion thereof ("Likeness") for advertising and promotional purposes, in such manner and with such frequency as the Released Parties shall determine in their discretion, in all media and territories, without further compensation or consideration (where permitted) and without further notice or authorization.