Bill of Rights and Me Contest

Bill of Rights and Me!

A Contest for Students Participating in Colonial Days

Calling all artists! As part of our Virtual Colonial Days program, we invite students to create art, music, literature or video inspired by the Bill of Rights! How does the Bill of Rights relate to you, your life, your school, or your state? Use your creativity to produce an original short video, song, work of literature, visual arts entry exploring the Bill of Rights. Your entry could be selected for a cash award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence!


Video Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. If background music is used, please cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include prose, poetry, reflective essay, screenplay and play script, narrative and short story. Writing must not exceed 500 words. Neatly handwritten, typed or computer-generated entries are acceptable.   

Music Composition: Compose your own Bill of Rights song! All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrants must be the composer and may also be the performer or one of the performers. Audio file must not exceed 5 minutes and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. 

Visual Arts: Works of fine art are accepted, including but not limited to collage, drawing, mixed media, painting, and printmaking. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Include one digital image of your artwork with your submission.


Eligibility: Public and private school students must have participated in one or more Virtual Colonial Day sessions sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Theme: The Bill of Rights and Me!


  • Each entry must be the student’s original work and must be inspired by the theme.
  • Entry must include a completed student entry form with title and artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.
  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music for use with original song lyrics, or film production entries when title, composer, and performer are cited in the submission.
  • Each submission must be uploaded online using this Google form. Important: Please include the student’s name on the file. Eg. John Smith Video, Sarah Jones Literature.


  • Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, as well as originality, creativity and content accuracy.
  • First ($100), second ($50) and third ($25) place winners from all categories combined will be chosen by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Winners will be announced March 12 at the final Virtual Colonial Days webinar presentation and in OFE publicity and social media. Winners’ teachers will also be notified by email.
  • By submitting your entry, you consent for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence to display your creative work in print, social media and online for promotional purposes.

Questions: Contact Brenda Wheelock, or call (405) 620-1305. If you do not have a Google account, contact Brenda for an alternative way to submit your entry.

Contest Deadline Extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 31

Teachers: With nearly 12,000 Oklahoma students registered to participate in Virtual Colonial Days, we need your assistance to help narrow down the number of contest entries. Please select one exceptional entry from among every 25 students in your class to submit for the contest. If you have fewer than 25 students, you can submit one entry. We appreciate your assistance and hope you will still encourage all your students to participate in this activity.