CALLING ALL young artists: Enter our fifth annual holiday Wrapping Paper Contest and you may get your picture on the cover of Weekend and your artwork printed inside. Or you might win a free Washington Post T-shirt.

We want Washington-area kids to design their own holiday gift wrap and send it to us. We'll pick our favorite and print it inside Weekend on Dec. 17. And on the cover we'll print a photograph of the winning artist with his or her design. We'll also choose eight finalists who'll receive Post T-shirts. Here are some guidelines:

Bold, bright colors and repetitive patterns will

probably work best.

No commercial characters, please. (That means no designs featuring Pokemons around a Christmas tree.)

The finished design will be 12-by-21 inches in size. You may do your drawing that size or in that same proportion -- about 1:1.7.

Please don't use a computer for this contest. Use crayons, paint, pencils, chalk, construction paper cutouts, whatever.

Don't use store-bought stamp pads. You may make your own stamps out of potatoes or erasers.

The contest is open to children ages 12 and under. One entry per child. No purchase necessary. Employees of The Washington Post or their immediate families are not eligible to enter. On the back of your entry, write your name, your age, your telephone number and your address. Odds of winning T-shirts will be determined by the number of entries received.

Send your entry to: Weekend Wrapping Paper, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 27. We'll contact the winner by Dec. 3.

Sorry, but because of to the volume of mail, entries will not be returned.