Kids Contest

2018 Junior Grand Marshal Coloring & Essay Contest!

Click Here to download the release form and poster.

The 2018 Christmas in St. Louis Coloring and Essay contest is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 13 in the St. Louis Metropolitan area currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th Grades, including home schooled children.

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation (CISL) in partnership with the St. Louis Public Library are inviting children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to submit their colored poster (unfinished poster found on websites), and children from 3rd through 8th Grades are encouraged to submit their original essay finishing “If I were to start a business in St. Louis, it would be…”

Three finalists (first, second and third place winners) will be chosen from each of the following groups:

Coloring Contest – Kindergarten through 2nd Grade   Essay Contest – 3rd & 4th Grades, 5th & 6th Grades, and 7th and 8th Grades

Poster and Essay submissions must be received no later than November 12, 2018 to the Christmas in St. Louis Coloring and Essay Contest c/o St. Louis Public Library, 1415 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103.  All entries become the sole property of CISL.

Contest Rules

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grades are invited to submit their artwork using the coloring poster downloaded from the websites at christmasinstlouis.org or slpl.org. Submissions must be original work of the child without adult assistance and must follow all the contest requirements to be eligible for judging. Only one entry per child allowed.

Taking a page from Mikey Wren’s book, children in 3rd through 8th Grades are invited to submit an essay finishing “If I were to start a business in St. Louis, it would be…” Essay submissions should be:

  • Original unpublished work developed specifically for this contest of at least 100 but no more than 500 words
  • Typed, printed or hand written on white, 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper
  • Must follow all the contest requirements to be eligible for judging

Parents and finalists in all four categories need to agree to the following in order to be considered in the judging contest:

  • All parents and children will be available for an award ceremony at the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights festival scheduled at KienerPlaza on Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • The four winners and their parent will be available for participation in the Ameren St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 22, 2018, including a potential interview with broadcast partner, KMOV-TV, during the parade

Judging

Posters and Essays will be judged based on overall impact and creativity. Entries will not be considered for judging unless Release Form is securely attached to entry. Release form must be filled out in its entirety or it will not be considered. Decisions of the judges are final and all entries become the property of the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation.

Prizes

The four first place winners (one from each age group) will be named Junior Grand Marshals of the 2018 Ameren St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade and will participate, along with a parent or legal guardian, as special guests of the Parade.

In addition, the four first place winners will receive:

  • Autographed copy of “Mikey Learns About Business” by Mikey Wren
  • One year membership to the Young Biz Kidz
  • Four tickets to the St. Louis City Museum with Roof Access
  • Four tickets to the Mercy Holiday Celebration at the St. Louis Symphony

The four second place winners (one from each age group) will receive:

  • Autographed copy of “Mikey Learns About Business” by Mikey Wren
  • $25 pizza Gift Certificate
  • Two tickets to the St. Louis City Museum with Roof Access
  • Christmas in St. Louis logo apparel

The four third place winners (one from each age group) will receive:

  • Autographed copy of “Mikey Learns About Business” by Mikey Wren
  • $15 pizza Gift Certificate
  • Christmas in St. Louis logo apparel

Members of the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, and their immediate family members, are not eligible to participate in this contest.

Complete Contest Rules & Submission Details

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2017 Coloring Contest Winners

COLORING CONTEST WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Chanell Burnett

SECOND PLACE: Jacob Wittwer

THIRD PLACE: Adelyn Simpson

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

FIRST PLACE 3&4: Landon Kuntz

SECOND PLACE 3&4: Lydia Eddingfield

THIRD PLACE 3&4: Derreona Douglas

FIRST PLACE 5&6: Desi Smith

SECOND PLACE 5&6: Alexandria Cook

THIRD PLACE 5&6: Dipupo Fadeyi

FIRST PLACE 7&8: Samuel Schneider