Carolin Vorona of Annandale won the Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest last year with her snowman design. (Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post)

KidsPost just received an early holiday gift. The wrapping paper contest that has been featured for many years in the Weekend section is coming to our pages. We’re thrilled to have one more opportunity to showcase your creativity!

We’re asking artists age 12 and younger to design original holiday gift wrap. Then share it with us here at KidsPost. A panel of judges will choose 12 finalists, based on creativity and execution (three from each age group: 6 and younger; 7- and 8-year-olds; 9- and 10-year-olds; and 11- and 12-year-olds).

The judges will also select one winning design from the finalists, and it will be printed in KidsPost on December 22 as a sheet of gift wrap. A photo and story about the winner will be published in print and online. Photos of the finalists’ entries will appear in print and in an online photo gallery at, along with an unspecified number of honorable mentions.

Here are all the rules and guidelines. Please ask your parent, guardian or teacher to help make sure you understand them. And get to work! All entries must be received at KidsPost by November 25.

● No purchase necessary. The contest is open to age 12 and younger. One entry per child. Employees of The Post and their immediate families are not eligible. The contest is open only to residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia at the time of entry. It is sponsored by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post. Many will enter, a few will win.

● On the back of your entry, write your name, age, telephone number (this is important!), address and school name. ALSO IMPORTANT: We need your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent along with your entry. If you are entering from home, your parent or legal guardian should write his or her full name on the back of your entry and sign underneath his or her printed name. If you are entering from school, your teacher should provide his or her name and signature when submitting entries on behalf of students. Submission of an entry allows The Post to reproduce the image in print and online with the artist’s name. A parent or legal guardian of finalists will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and verification and a release form for finalists to participate.

●Bold, bright colors and repetitive patterns will probably work best.

●No commercial characters, please. (That means no Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants.)

●The winning design will be printed at 12 by 21 inches. It’s best to make your design as close to that size as possible.

●Don’t use a computer. Use markers, crayons, paint, pencils, chalk, construction paper cutouts, whatever.

●Don’t use store-bought stamping tools or stencils. You may make your own stamps out of potatoes or erasers.

●No color photocopies.

Send your entry to: KidsPost Wrapping Paper Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

Entries must be received by November 25. We’ll contact the finalists by December 3. Sorry, but because of the volume of mail, entries will not be returned. Questions? Send them to with “wrapping paper contest” in the subject field. For official rules, visit