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Kidsday’s annual art contest: Rules, how to enter

Make a drawing of your pet, or a

Make a drawing of your pet, or a pet you'd like to have. Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Lingfei Zhao, Syosset

Hey, kids! Here is your chance to show off your drawing talents! It’s time to enter Kidsday’s 39th Annual Art Contest. Compete within your age group for prizes of Kidsday T-shirts and the chance to have your artwork appear in Kidsday. Your artwork will be judged by some of Kidsday’s very best artists and reporters. Winners in each category will have their work featured in the Saturday, Dec. 30, issue of Kidsday. Even if you don’t win, your drawings may appear in a future issue of Kidsday.


1. Kids through age 16 may enter.

2. Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 17. Each drawing must include your name, age, address, phone number, T-shirt size and category.

3. Drawings can be done in color. Use crayons, coloring pens, whatever you think will make your drawing look fantastic!

4. Enter as many categories and drawings as you like, but label each entry with the category, your name, age, address and telephone number.

5. Make your drawings on white, unlined 8-by-11-inch paper. Do not make drawings larger than this. (Hint: don’t “fill” the entire page with your artwork.)

6. All drawings must be original. No copying allowed. No computer-generated artwork.

7. In each category, prizes of Kidsday T-shirts will be awarded in these four age groups: to age 6, ages 7 to 9, ages 10 to 12, and ages 13 through 16.

8. Artwork will not be returned.


ANIMALS: Draw your favorite animals, house pets, zoo animals and wildlife.

CARTOONS: Create your own comic characters; illustrate your favorite jokes. Think of space or fantasy characters, too. Do not draw famous comic strip or cartoon characters. Be original. You can do one-panel boxes or comic strips.

GETTING ALONG: Everyday situations, including family gatherings, schoolyards, kids playing, romance, brothers and sisters, friendships, etc.

MUSIC: Draw musical instruments, your favorite rock, classical, dance, rap or country musicians, people dancing, DJs, CDs or kids listening to music on their phones or mobile gadgets.

PORTRAITS: Draw your favorite celebrity, comedian, politician, actor or sports star. You can even draw yourself!

SPORTS: People playing a sport, equipment, fans, seasonal sports, famous sports stars in action.


Kidsday Art Contest, Kidsday, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747-4250. Include your name, age, address, telephone number and T-shirt size.

Good luck!

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