UPDATE: The deadline has passed to enter our Kid’s Room Contest, but the best is yet to come. Here's what happens next: A panel of experts have selected the six finalists. Then, readers have until Oct. 15 to vote online for their favorite room. Both the judges’ and readers’ favorites will be announced in the newspaper Oct. 18.

The annual back-to-school issue is a favorite of the Local Living staff. Each summer, we brainstorm topics that are useful to parents and compile a package that we hope is both engaging and comprehensive.

But we like to have a little fun with the issue, so last year we launched a contest that invited parents to submit photos of their children’s smartly designed rooms. And what a treat it was.

Our winner, Krista Salmon of Ashburn, was the No. 1 pick of our judges and readers who participated in the online poll. She created a lively, beautiful space for her then-2-year-old daughter Anna Louise with a custom chandelier and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, all for an impressive $1,344.

Think your child’s room is inspiring and unique? Send in five high-resolution photos by Oct. 1 for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card and be featured in Local Living. The only criteria are that the room belong to a child and not have been decorated by a professional.

For more details, including all contest rules, visit 2012 Kid’s Room Contest..