CALLING ALL YOUNG artists to Weekend's 10th annual wrapping paper contest. We want Washington area kids to design their own holiday gift wrap and send it to us. If our judges pick your paper as the winner, it will be printed inside Weekend as a sheet of wrapping paper for hundreds of thousands of readers to use. And we'll print a photo of you and your winning design on the cover of Weekend. We'll also choose finalists in several age categories who will receive T-shirts and have their names and artwork appear in the section.
Here are the guidelines and rules:
* The contest is open to children 12 and younger.
* On the back of your entry (or entries), write your name, age, telephone number and address.
* Bold, bright colors and repetitive patterns will probably work best.
* No commercial characters, please. (That means no designs featuring SpongeBob SquarePants or Barbie.)
* The finished design will be 12-by-21 inches in size, so it's best to make your design that size or close to it.
* Please don't use a computer. Use crayons, paint, pencils, chalk, construction paper cutouts, whatever.
* Don't use store-bought stamping tools. You may make your own stamps out of potatoes or erasers.
Send your submission to: Weekend Wrapping Paper, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.
Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 29. We'll contact the winners by Dec. 7. Sorry, but entries will not be returned. Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with "wrapping paper contest" in the subject field.