Design an Ad Contest

The 2016 Design An Ad Contest is closed.  Congratulations to our winners!

What is the Design an Ad Contest?

Design and ad contest provides art content for local teachers and gives art students the opportunity to show off their talents. Local businesses sponsor a classroom and the students create an ad campaign for them. Businesses can select a school to create their ad, or allow multiple classrooms to work with them. Winning ads are featured in a special publication. Winners receive a small monetary award and are recognized at an annual event held in April.

2016 Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 20 –  Deadline for class registration. A maximum of 30 classes will be selected to participate. Classes will be assigned to businesses by a random drawing.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Ads due back from teachers. Please have students attach a 2” x 3”-size photo of themselves to their entry. Photos are published of the winners (in all categories) in the NIE Design-An-Ad section.

Friday, Feb. 26 –  Advertisers choose ads to be published.

Monday, Mar. 7 – Student winners notified by phone.

Monday, March 21 Publication of the annual NIE Design-An-Ad section in the Standard-Examiner.

Thursday, April 21 Awards will be presented to the winners at the Apple for the Teacher Event.

Contest Rules 2016

Registration will be accepted from teachers only, for the entire class (min. 20 students). Registration and entries cannot be accepted from individual students for this contest.

Teachers may register their classes to participate in the contest by completing the Design-An-Ad Registration form in this brochure and returning it to the Standard-Examiner. The contest is limited to 30 classes. A class will be matched to a business by a random drawing from the completed registration forms. Deadline to register is Sunday, December 20, 2015.

Teachers whose classes are drawn will receive a packet containing entry forms, advertiser guidelines, and instructions to help students design the ads.

Classes will be assigned to design ads for a local business that has purchased space in the NIE Design-An-Ad section. Students in the class will design an original ad for their assigned business. Teachers will then submit all of the student designed ads to the Standard-Examiner. Then the ads will be given to the business assigned to the class. They will select their favorite ad from the class entries. The ad chosen by the business will be published in the NIE Design-An-Ad section Monday, March 21, 2015.


Ads chosen for publication in the NIE Design-An-Ad section will compete for cash prizes. Members of the Standard-Examiner’s Marketing, Design and NIE Departments will select 11 prize winners.

Grand Prize $75

First Place $50

Second Place $35

Third Place $25

Honorable Mentions $15 each


Deadline for completed ads is Saturday, February 20, 2016.



Call Jenn Thalman


Submit Student Entry Online

  • Drop files here or
    Use your imagination! only use black felt tip pen or black pen. You may draw in pencil first, just make sure to erase carefully after going over the ad in black ink.



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