Last year's winner of the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest 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.

OK, procrastinators. Wednesday's the last day to turn in your artistic creations for the Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest for school-age children. You have until 5 p.m. to drop it off here at the newspaper offices, 400 E. 11th St.

The competition is named for the longtime writer and page designer with the Times Free Press, who conceived the idea in 2002 and oversaw it until her death in September 2017. It was renamed in her memory last year.

The contest is open to students in grades 1-5. 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.

Finalists will be posted at so that readers may vote for a Readers' Choice award. The finalists' works also will be displayed at the CDM.

The judges' winning design will be printed in the newspaper on 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.

Contest information

» Who can enter: Any elementary school student in grades 1-5. One entry per child.

» Deadline: Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

» Grand prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of $25 plus an arts package and goody bag from co-sponsors ArtsBuild, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and Creative Discovery Museum.

» Entry format: Use an 8 1/2- by 11-inch piece of unlined paper. Entry should have the child's name, age, address, telephone number, grade and school printed on the back. A teacher's name is also helpful.

» Hand-deliver to: Wrapping Paper Contest, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 400 E. 11th St., Chattanooga TN 37403.

» Information: Call Sara Jackson at 423-757-6594 or email her at

Helpful hints

» Be original.

» Use bright colors.

» Fill the entire page.

» Choose paint, crayon, chalk, markers or pens, construction paper or other creative materials.