The $20 bill looks pretty sharp. But what do you think a $150 bill should look like? (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

If you could make money, what would it look like? Would it be pink instead of green? Would it feature rock stars — or rocks — instead of past leaders of our country? In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, we’re challenging readers to create a special $150 bill. No, the United States doesn’t actually use a $150 bill, and no, what you create won’t get printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing anytime soon. But we will publish some of our favorite designs in an upcoming edition of KidsPost. If we publish your bill in the newspaper, we’ll send you a KidsPost T-shirt.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Create your vision of a $150 bill on a piece of paper that is of the same proportions as a real bill. (That’s about six inches long and 21 / 2 inches tall.) Your work of art can use crayons, markers, paint and glitter. Think about what you’ve read on these pages about how money is created, but also let your imagination run wild.

2. Send your artwork to: KidsPost Money Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You also can send scanned artwork via e-mail to Put “money” in the subject field. The contest is open to kids ages 5 to 14. All entries must include your name, age, address and phone number. Each entry must include a note from a parent or guardian giving you permission to enter the contest.

3. The deadline for all entries is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. KidsPost will publish a selection of the entries in the newspaper and online at