Formal competition in Kansas begins at the district level. The state is divided into 6 districts, each hosting its own competition for students living in the counties within the district. Student entries are evaluated by judges who are professional historians, educators, or experienced in other ways with the History Day program.
Following district competition, entries that place first, second, or third in each category are eligible to compete at the state/affiliate competition at Washburn University in Topeka.
Students who place first and second at the Kansas History Day State Contest proceed to the National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland, held every June.