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September 19, 2016 - January 31, 2017


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Cover Art Contest


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About the Competition

  • Competition begins September 19, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017.
  • One finalist will be selected to have their artwork appear on the cover of the 21st edition of the Express Yourself! poetry competition anthology.
  • 4 honorable mention finalists will have their artwork on the back cover.
  • All finalists will be invited to an award ceremony on
    April 27, 2017.
  • All qualified artwork will be judged on originality & theme.
  • All qualified art will be judged separately in the following grade categories:
    2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.
  • All finalists will be notified by email by March 31, 2017.


Rules . . . please read carefully

  1. Artwork must be the artist's own work and may not be submitted without the artist's knowledge and consent.
  2. All artist's must be in grades 2-12 and live in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas school.
  3. All entries must be received or postmarked (if mailed) by January 31, 2017. No entries will be returned.
  4. Artwork should be on vertical (portrait orientation).
  5. Any drawing or painting medium, including pencil, watercolors, crayons and acrylic, may be used. Non-reflective sturdy paper such as watercolor paper or card stock is preferred.
  6. Any graphic design software, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or open-source product, can be used. Files must be saved in .jpeg or .pdf format.
  7. Only one submission per artist.
  8. Attach the completed entry form.
  9. Drawings that are copied, traced or that adults helped create, unfinished drawings, and those with incomplete information will be disqualified.
  10. All entries become the property of The Dallas Foundation and the Dallas Public Library. The Library is granted permission to use the drawings at its discretion.


Looking for a paper entry form?

  • Submit your artwork at your local branch using this form.