Deadline near for Chattanooga Times Free Press’ annual Wrapping Paper Design Contest

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Cliff Algea, a student at Thrasher Elementary, was the 2022 winner of the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest.
Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Cliff Algea, a student at Thrasher Elementary, was the 2022 winner of the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest.

Don't forget the deadline for the Chattanooga Times Free Press' annual Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest, presented by Scenic Community Credit Union, is midnight Dec. 3.

A tradition since 2002, the contest is open to any local student in grades 1-5. Their original artwork, drawn on an 8-by-10 sheet of plain white paper then uploaded to the newspaper's website, will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the contest's sponsors.

The winning entry will be reproduced on the printing press and inserted in a Sunday edition. Artwork by runners-up will appear on the reverse side of the newspaper broadsheet.

The winner will be featured in a newspaper story the same day and awarded $25 cash plus other prizes contributed to a swag bag by sponsors, which also include ArtsBuild, Creative Discovery Museum and United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

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Online voting, Dec. 4-7, will decide a Readers' Choice winner. Favorite designs will be on view at the Creative Discovery Museum during the holiday season.

The wrapping paper contest was the brainchild of Lin C. Parker, a former page designer at the Times Free Press and noted artist. The contest was named in her honor after her death in 2017.

(READ MORE: Ten-year-old Cliff Algea wins 2022 Chattanooga Times Free Press wrapping paper design contest)

WHAT TO KNOW

› Who can enter: Any area public, private or home-schooled student in grades 1-5.

› How to enter: Students should draw a holiday scene on an 8-by-10 sheet of plain white paper. A parent, teacher or other reliable adult will need to take a close-up photo or digital scan of the design and upload it to timesfreepress.com/wrapping-paper. Mailed or hand-delivered entries will not be accepted. Students should keep their original drawing.

› What to draw: The contest is open to any interpretation of a holiday theme. Students may use crayons, markers, paint or similar medium. Judges typically like bright colors and drawings that fill the entire sheet of paper. These designs also provide the best results when reproduced on a larger scale.

› When to enter: The deadline is midnight Sunday, Dec. 3.

› When to vote: The official winner will be decided by a panel of judges representing the sponsoring organizations. The Readers' Choice winner will be decided by online voting from among all entries Dec. 4-7.

› When to find your gift wrap: The winning entry, printed on a newspaper broadsheet, and a story about the artist who created it will be included in the newspaper on Dec. 17.

› What if you have questions: Email Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or call 423-757-6281.

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