Most of the 15 federal district courts in the Ninth Circuit will conduct preliminary judging of essays and videos. Some of these courts will do this by way of a local contest, which may also offer prizes and other recognition. The top three finishers in each category at the district level will move on to become finalists in the circuit contest. If you reside in a district that is conducting a local contest, you will automatically be entered into that competition.
The civics contest website – http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest – went live today. District of Arizona contest information is available at http://civicscontest.wix.com/civicscontest#!blank/jdk2d.