Essay and Art Contest for Rhode Island Students grades 6 to 12

Today’s youth are stepping up as leaders on so many important issues— but especially on climate change and preventing gun violence. RI NOW wants to honor and reward their ideas, and help develop the next generation of feminists. To that end, we are thrilled to announce our first essay and art contest open to middle and high school students in Rhode Island. We can’t wait to celebrate their work in January.

Essay Contest


Please respond to one of the following: 

  1. What does feminism mean to you and why?

  2. If you could write, change or abolish any law in order to protect women’s rights, what would it be and why?

Submission Guidelines for Writing:

  • Participants may submit prose or poetry

  • Students may only submit one entry

  • The entry should not exceed 750 words (including footnotes/citations, if applicable)            

Art Contest

Art Topics

Please address one of the following: 

  1. “This is what a feminist looks like”

  2. Equality Now

Submission Guidelines for Art:

  • One submission only per applicant

  • Please send 1-3 photographs of your piece, not your original work

  • All work must be your own original work

  • Any and all media are welcome


To be eligible to submit work, participants must be Rhode Island residents currently enrolled in grades 6-12, and not be related to any RI NOW Board member. Please contact us with any questions at


Submit your entry here.

A panel of three will evaluate in each category (writing and art) and winners will be notified by the end of December. They will be announced and honored at RI NOW PAC’s January 6th event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rhode Island’s ratification of the 19th amendment.


Overall Winner: $100

Top Prose: $50

Top Poetry: $50

Top Art: $50

All winners get a 1-year RI NOW membership and an invitation for two to our January 6th event. All work will be featured on our website, social media, and emails.

** There will be no double awards

By submitting to this contest, you are giving your consent to the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women to use and reproduce your work.