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U.S. Kids Annual Cover Contest Rules

Theme: Make My Dream Come True!

Residents of the United States who are ages two (2) to twelve (12) at the time of entry are eligible to enter.

The entries will be grouped by age and magazine as follows: 

Humpty Dumpty Magazine: ages 2-6

Jack and Jill Magazine: ages 6-12

Participants may create an entry on a contest drawing page found on the cover contest’s website at You may also create your entry on an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of unlined, white paper.

Entry forms can be found in the magazines or on our website at All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.

All entry forms must be signed by the entrant’s parent/guardian. 

By signing, parents grant permission for their children’s artwork, first name, and photo to be put online or printed in the magazine.

We only allow one entry per person.

Mail entry, entry form, and a photo of the entrant to: Annual Cover Contest, P.O. Box 88928, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Participants may enter online at Each participant must fill out and submit an online entry form, and upload the entry and photo of participant. Participants who enter online must keep their original artwork. Any finalists who entered online will be required to send in the original entry.

All entries must be the entrant’s original, unpublished, and previously unproduced work. If U.S. Kids is notified that any element of an entrant’s entry infringes upon the rights of another person, the entry will be disqualified from the contest.

First-, second-, and third-place winners from previous years are eligible to enter the contest, but are only eligible to receive first, second, or third place in this contest again after one year has passed.

At the end of the submission period, U.S. Kids official panel of judges will select a first-, second-, and third-place winner for each magazine by respective age and magazine.


Winners will receive prizes, and first-place winners will have their art featured on the May/June cover of the appropriate U.S. Kids magazine. In addition, U.S. Kids will make a donation to the art department of the winner’s preschool, elementary, or middle school or other 501(c) 3 nonprofit art program as follows:

First place: $500.00
Second place: $250.00
Third place: $100.00

To get a copy of the official contest rules or the U.S. Kids privacy policy, please visit to download a copy, or mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: U.S. Kids Annual Cover Contest Official Rules Request, P.O. Box 88928, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Officers, directors, and employees of U.S. Kids and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, advertising, and promotion agencies (such individuals and entities collectively, the “promotion entities”), and the immediate family members of and/or people living in the same household as any such officers, directors, or employees are NOT eligible to enter the contest or win a prize. This contest is void where prohibited.

After a submission is mailed to U.S. Kids, it may be made available for viewing on the U.S. Kids website and social media sites in accordance with the U.S. Kids privacy policy. By participating in the contest, each entrant grants U.S. Kids the right to use such entrant’s name, photo, biographical information, and publication of artwork in all media for advertising and promotional purposes, as well as on the website or future contests. By participating in the contest, each entrant also grants U.S. Kids the right to use such entrant’s name, address, and email address to contact entrant, entrant’s guardian, and entrant’s teacher regarding the contest.

No substitutions or new versions of submission will be accepted under any circumstances once the original entry is submitted for consideration. Any submission that is considered by U.S. Kids at its sole and absolute discretion to be objectionable, in whole or in part, will be disqualified and will not be eligible for entry. Except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules, personal information collected online in connection with this contest will be used in accordance with U.S. Kids privacy practices and with the consent given by entrants parents or guardians at the time of entry. Any communication or information transmitted to U.S. Kids and/or the website by email or otherwise is and will be treated as nonconfidential and nonproprietary. U.S. Kids will use the personal information collected for this contest to identify the winners and winners’ schools, and, with permission, announce the winners.

Selected entries will be featured for publication in the magazines. All entries will be posted on the U.S. Kids website in the U.S. Kids Art Gallery. Some will be featured on social media sites. U.S. Kids will post only first name, last initial, age, state, and photo of entrants with their art on the website, social media sites and in our publications.

U.S. Kids will post the first name, last name, age, state, photo, and short bio of each first, second, and third place winners for each publication in the publication.

Submissions will not be returned or acknowledged. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. U.S. Kids shall have no liability for any submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by U.S. Kids for any reason.

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