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Art & Essay Contest

Art & Essay Contest

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children a voice. It also serves as a reminder of the sacrifices military children, service members, and their families make for our country
  • 2022 Art Category Winners
  • 2022 Essay Category Winners

2022 Art Category Winners

The Art Contest is specifically for children grades 1-6. Winners were selected based on age range and received a Kindle Fire tablet. The theme for 2021 was “The Wisdom of a Military Child.”

Art Category

  • Ages 7-8: Savannah Wiedower, United States Marine Corps
  • Ages 9-10: Matthew Wiedower, United States Marine Corps
  • Ages 11-12: Emily Friedel, United States Air Force

 

2022 Art & Essay Winners

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2022 Essay Category Winners

Children grades 1-12 are encouraged to participate in the Essay Contest. Winners were selected based on age ranges, and received a Kindle Fire tablet. The theme for 2021 was “The Wisdom of a Military Child.”

Essay Category

  • Ages 8-9: Deborah Oluwafisoye, United States Army
  • Ages 10-12: Adeline Guidry, United States Army
  • Ages 13-14: Makenzie Baker, National Guard
  • Ages 15-16: Emma Johnson, United States Army
  • Ages 17-18: Riley Pecinovsky, United States Air Force

 

2022 Art & Essay Winners

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Program Overview

The 2022 annual contest submission period opens February 1, and runs through March 31. Winners will be announced at the end of April in honor of the Month of the Military Child. Entries may be submitted from military children living in the U.S. and abroad. 

2022 Theme: “The Wisdom of a Military Child”

This year's theme gives #TheWiseMilitaryChild a chance to help other military kids by sharing the life lessons they’ve learned growing up in a military family.


Art Contest

The art contest promotes art among military children in grades 1–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Armed Services and National Guard/Reserves.


Essay Contest

The contest encourages military children to use creative writing to express themselves. The essay contest is open to military children in grades 1–12 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Armed Services and National Guard/Reserves.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enter the contest?

The Art and Essay contest is open to children of currently serving military (active duty, National Guard, or reserves) and retired service members (with 20+ years of service). 

Artwork submissions are limited to children in grades 1 through 6.

Essay submissions are open to children in grades 1 through 12.

How can I enter the Art and Essay Contest

For 2022, the ASYMCA is using an online submission process. Eligible participants can click the link to "Submit an Entry." The entry form is in two parts: the first part collects the child's information and includes a button to upload their submission; the second part collects information about their military sponsor.

Submit an Entry

Are there any rules as to what type of art can be submitted? Since all artwork will be submitted through an online portal, you will need to photograph or scan the art. This means there are no limitations on the size or type of art. Children can use any artisitic medium of their choice, or even mix mediums to create unique works. Art can be flat, or dimensional. Your child is limited only by their imagination!
Are there any rules for the Essays? Essays should be no more than 500 words, and submitted in either .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt formats. Outside of these parameters, children have creative licenece in how they express themselves using the written word. Poetry, narratives, short stories, or traditional essays are all wonderful ways to tell a story. 
What type of file should I upload?

For artwork, you can upload a pdf, png, or jpeg file. 

For essays, you can upload .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt files. 

What happens to the information I submit?

The ASYMCA will collect your information for the purposes of this contest, which will include judging, awards, and digital publication of all submissions. 

The ASYMCA will not sell or share your personal contact information to 3rd parties, but we will share limited information for the purposes of creating awareness (website, social media, printed collateral, etc). The limited information we share usually includes the child's name, age, service branch, and their submitted creative work.

For an example of how submitted info and works are shared, please see the 2021 Winners section below, which includes links to last year's digital publication.

What if I have more questions? We're happy to answer any questions you might have! You can email us here if you need more information, or clarification on the information provided.