Deadline for Wrapping Paper Design Contest entries is Nov. 21

Ben Alverson poses with his winning wrapping paper design in last year's Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest.

Just a week remains to enter the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest, a competition for area school-age children to design a holiday gift wrap to be printed in the newspaper.

The contest is named for the longtime writer/page designer with the Times Free Press, who conceived the idea in 2002 and lovingly oversaw it until her death in September 2017. It was renamed the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest in her memory last year.

The contest is open to students in grades 1-5. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Ten finalists will be selected by representatives of the sponsoring organizations, which also include ArtsBuild, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and the Creative Discovery Museum.

Readers can view the finalists and vote in a Readers' Choice contest at The finalists' works will be displayed at the CDM.

The judges' winning design will be printed in the newspaper Sunday, Dec. 9. Readers can wrap gifts with that page of original artwork. Copies also will be available at the Kids on the Block wrapping stations at Hamilton Place mall through Christmas Eve.

Last year's winner was Ben Alverson, then a 9-year-old third-grader at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts. The son of Jim and Stacy Alverson featured a pastel painting of four ornaments.