Governor for a Day

In honor of Women's History Month in March, the Governor’s office will be accepting submissions for the 2016 Governor for a Day essay contest. The contest is open to girls in 5th through 8th grade throughout the state. The winning essayist will be named "Governor for a Day", and spend a day during the week of April 18-22 meeting and speaking with other leaders across state government.


The Governor and her team will be using the hashtag #RIGovForDay on social media to promote the essay contest. Please join the conversation using this hashtag.

Interested applicants must apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 with an essay of 400 words or less in response to the question, "What would you do if you were Rhode Island's Governor for a Day?" In order to be considered, students must also submit the following information along with their essay:

Teacher's Contact Information:
Home Address:
Contact Phone Number:
Contact Email Address:
Parent or Guardian Name(s):

Applications that do not contain all of the above information will be automatically disqualified. Applicants must be available to visit the State House during the week of April 18-22, 2016.

Applicants may email applications to or send applications by mail to the following address:

Governor for a Day Essay Contest
c/o Governor's Communications Office
82 Smith Street, Room 128
Providence, RI