The 2016 Arts & Humanities Contest is closed.  Congratulations to our winners!

Fun & Educational Contests for Students

Sharpen your Student’s Skills with Writing, Art & Photography Contests designed to be similar to jobs found at our newspaper. This year the Standard Examiner’s Arts & Humanities Contest features four categories. To submit an entry for the contest click on the category below.

Mail Submissions

Standard-Examiner Art Contest
PO Box 12790, Ogden, Utah 84412-2790

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Deliver Submissions

332 Standard Way, Ogden 84404

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Register Now for the 2016 Arts & Humanities Contest

Teachers must register to participate in the 2016 Arts & Humanities Contest. Just follow the link below to the online form. Registration has been extended through January 15, 2016 so don’t wait! We are looking forward to working with you.

Art & Illustration

Each year, NIE asks students to illustrate a national or local theme. With 2016 being a presidential election year, this year’s theme is “Why I love the USA”

Artwork for this contest should be on plain, white paper measuring 8½ by 11 inches. Art may be in any medium except pencil (pencil is not strong enough to reproduce well in the newspaper — markers reproduce best). Art entries should be in color.

Each entry must have a completed copy of the form above with uploaded artwork.

Drawings will be judged by members of Standard-Examiner Design and NIE departments. They will select a first and second place winner in each of

K – 1st Grade

2nd – 3rd Grade

4th – 6th Grade

Cash prizes will be awarded:

First Place $20

Second Place $15

The artwork judged best by Standard-Examiner Designers and NIE will be published Monday, March 21, 2016 in the NIE Design-An-Ad section. Deadline for entries in the Drawing Contest is Saturday, February 20, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. Entries become the property of the Standard-Examiner and will not be returned.

Book Reviews

Students will write a book review about a book they have read in the last year. The review must be the student’s own work. Children in first grade may ask a helper to take dictation.

Each student should include his/her opinion of the reviewed book with reasons supporting the opinion (give specific reasons why he/she did or did not like the book). The article should contain the following elements:

Book title

Some book details

Student’s opinion of the book

Entries should be typed or written neatly.

Each entry must include the student’s full name (first and last), phone number, grade, school, and teacher’s name. If this information is not included, the entry will not be accepted.

Students should be sure to keep a copy of their entry since those submitted become property of the Standard-Examiner and will not be returned.

Members of the Standard-Examiner Editorial and NIE departments will select a first and second place winner in each of the following grade categories:

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Cash prizes will be awarded:

First Place $20

Second Place $15

Winning entries will be published, with any other Book Reviews selected by the judges, on Monday, March 21, 2016, in the NIE Design-An-Ad section of the Standard-Examiner.

Deadline for the Book Review Writing contest is Saturday, February 20, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Personal Portrait Essay

Each student will write a Personal Portrait — a feature story about a person in their family, school, neighborhood, etc. The person they choose to interview and write about should be unusual in some way, someone who has had a unique experience or has a unique hobby or job.Each entry should include several accurate, interesting quotes from the Personal Portrait subject. Students must plan questions and then interview the person. Students should remember that the best interview questions don’t allow a person to answer just yes or no. The quotes should be the foundation of the story.

The first paragraph or two of each entry (called the lead) should give the reader a reason to keep reading and an idea of what makes the person being written about so interesting. Students should be sure it is clear who they are writing about and why. Avoid personal opinion and booster statements such as, “I think he’s great,” or, “I want to be a pilot, too.”

Total length of the Personal Portrait should be approximately 400 words (or less). Entries may be typed or written neatly in dark ink.

Each entry must include the student’s full name (first and last), phone number, grade, school, and teacher’s name. If not included, the entry will not be accepted.

Students should be sure to keep a copy of their entry since those submitted become property of the Standard-Examiner and will not be returned. Members of the Standard-Examiner Editorial and NIE departments will select a first and second place winner in each of the following grade categories:

 
Grades 4th – 6th
 
Grades 7th – 9th
 
Grades 10th – 12th
 

Cash prizes will be awarded in each grade category:

First Place $20

Second Place $15

Winning entries will be published, along with any additional Personal Portraits selected by the judges, on Monday, March 21, 2016, in the Standard-Examiner’s NIE Design-An-Ad section.Deadline for the Personal Portraits Contest is Saturday, February 20, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Photography

Each student may enter two photos in their grade category:

4th-6th Grade

7th-9th Grade

10th-12th Grade 

Each student may enter up to two photographs, (1 per category) in the following categories: People, Nature, Illustration. (Photos of people include portraits and candid shots; nature shots include landscapes, animals, etc. Illustration includes photos with special effects or obviously manipulated on a computer or in a darkroom, etc.)

Entries should be the original work of the student and should not have been previously submitted to this contest.

Unmounted 5×7 or 8×10 photos will be accepted. (Black and white or color photos are acceptable.) Slides and low resolution or poor quality prints from a computer will not be accepted.

The Standard-Examiner Photography, Design and NIE Departments will select a first and second place winner in each grade category.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each age division and category:

First Place $20

Second Place $15

All eligible students are encouraged to participate. It does not matter if you have an expensive camera.The NIE Design-An-Ad section, publishing on Monday, March 21, 2016 will include the winning entries, plus any other photos chosen by the judges for publication.

Deadline for entries is Saturday, February 20, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.



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