What would our cities look like if kids were in charge?

The Mayor for a Day Essay Contest is back to find out!

To enter, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can answer the prompt, “What would you do if you were mayor for a day?” for a chance to win $100 and recognition in Minnesota Cities magazine.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 12. Students and parents/guardians can submit essays via an online form, a PDF email attachment, or through the mail. Winners only will be notified in early January. Some cities may provide additional local recognition for participants.

Mayor for a Day Graphic Promotion

How can you submit your essays?

There are three ways to send us your students’ essays.

  • Submit online – students can enter their essays into this online form and submit them directly.
  • Print and mail it – you can print this document for students to handwrite their essays and then mail them in to 145 University Ave. W, Saint Paul, MN 55103.
  • Email as an attachment – students can type their essays into the fillable PDF, save the document, and then email the finalized PDF to mayorforaday@lmc.org.

What does a mayor do anyway? Find out more!

Minnesota mayors: How can you help?

  • Please spread the word to teachers! Let the schools and educators in your area know about this essay contest by customizing this letter for your community.