2018 Voices of Children Artwork Contest

For Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives

illustration of a yellow and purple artboard with a hand painting a yellow flower on purple background.Win $100 from Twin Star Credit Union and a free night at Great Wolf Lodge

This 15th annual contest is for children in Washington State who are being raised now or in the past by a relative other than their parents.

How to Enter

  • Write a poem or short essay, or draw a picture that describes how living with a relative (such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle) has made a positive difference in your life.
  • Mail entries to: Voices of Children Contest, 1202 Black Lake Blvd. #B, Olympia, WA, 98502.
  • All entries must be submitted or postmarked by April 1, 2018.


  • All participating children must live in Washington State and be 5-19 years old.
  • Entries will be judged in three age categories: ages 5-7, ages 8-12, and ages 13-19.
  • Poems should be 21 lines or less.
  • Essays should be 200 words or less.
  • Make your art as big and bold as possible and add a statement that explains your drawing.
  • Artwork must be submitted on the enclosed entry form.
  • Do not include any names within artwork.
  • Artwork must be flat and within the box on the entry form.
  • Entry must be original, in English, and unpublished.
  • Winners will be notified in early May and all decisions of the judges are final.
  • Award ceremony for winners will be held at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.
  • We reserve the right of first publication and use of writings and drawings.
  • All entries may be published in a 2018 book called Voices of Children-Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives.


The six winning entries will receive a $100 from Twin Star Credit Union and a free night at Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA for a family of four. Entry postmark deadline is April 1, 2018. Please help spread the word!


Please email or call Family Education and Support Services toll-free at 360-754-7629 or toll-free at 1-877-813-2828.

Entry and rule information is included on the English and Spanish flyers.


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