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some text Callan Williams won the 2013 Chattanooga Times Free Press Wrapping Paper Design Contest with this design.
some text Callan Williams, a second-grader at Thrasher Elementary School, won the 2013 Chattanooga Times Free Press Wrapping Paper Design Contest.

Wrapping paper contest Rules

Who can enter: Any elementary school student in grades 1-5.

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

Grand prize: A special arts package from sponsors, $25 and your holiday design printed as wrapping paper along with your picture in the Dec. 7 newspaper.

Entry format: Use an 8 1/2- by 11-inch piece of unlined paper. One entry per child. Entry should have the child's name, age, address, telephone number, grade and school printed on the back. (Teacher's name is helpful.)

Mail or hand-deliver entry to: Wrapping Paper Contest, Times Free Press, 400 E. 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

For more information: Call 423-757-6282.

Helpful hints

• Be original.

• Use bright colors.

• Fill the entire page.

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

• Remember: Your design will be repeated to make a real sheet of wrapping paper.

Penguins and snowmen drawn by a 7-year-old took home the prize last year; who knows what this year will bring?

Callan Williams, a student at Thrasher Elementary School, won the 2013 Chattanooga Times Free Press Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest with her design that swapped penguins and snowmen back and forth on a field of blue.

The 2014 contest for elementary school students begins today, and your winning entry could end up as a real sheet of wrapping paper in the Times Free Press on Dec. 7. The winner will receive an arts package and a goody bag from co-sponsors ArtsBuild and Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and a cash prize of $25. The winning design will be available at Hamilton Place mall in Kids on the Block gift-wrapping stations from Dec. 7 through Christmas Eve.

The top 10 entries also will be on display at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Former judges of the contest suggest that small designs that repeat themselves -- like Callan's -- work best because they look festive whether they're wrapped around a small box or a big one.

The contest is open to students in grades 1-5. Entries must be received by the Times Free Press by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Complete rules are below. The winner will be contacted by Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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