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Now Accepting Submissions! December 1st — February 1st

THEME FOR OUR UPCOMING CONTEST

Category 1: Favorite Fable
(Ages 7-10 as of February 1st)
Resource: Aesop's Fables - Library of Congress Collection

Do you recall the story of a tortoise persevering to win a race against a hare? Or a mouse chewing through the net holding a lion who had been merciful to him days before? These are a few of Aesop’s well-known fables: short stories that teach moral lessons, often using animals. We’d like you to choose one of your favorite fables and draw or paint a picture based on how it inspires you.

Your artwork may be an image from the story or may depict something you feel relates to its moral. Perhaps you have seen or experienced the moral in a different setting. Let the fable and its moral inspire you in creative ways.

In the contest entry form, please include the name of the fable that inspired your artwork. The Library of Congress has a wonderful assortment of these fables online. Click the link above to read them and pick your favorites.


Category 1: Mixed Metaphors
(Ages 11-14 as of February 1st)
Resource: 1001 Wise Old Sayings

You’ve probably heard, “The early bird gets the worm” and “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Each of these proverbs teaches a wise lesson. But what happens when they get mixed up? “The early bird keeps the doctor away.” The wisdom of the saying is gone, replaced by a funny image of a bird fighting off a doctor at dawn.

This is an example of a mixed metaphor: a sometimes humorous combination of metaphors, including well-known proverbs and clichés. Others include “Trying to thread a needle with a haystack,” “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it,” and “It’s as easy as falling off a piece of cake.” Find or create a mixed metaphor that tickles your fancy and translate it onto your canvas.

In the contest entry form, please include the mixed metaphor that inspired your artwork. Click the link above for a list of common sayings you may wish to combine to create your mixed metaphor.


Category 1: Words of Wisdom
(Ages 15-19 as of February 1st)
Resource: 1001 Wise Old Sayings

As we mature, we are fortunate to benefit from the wisdom of those older than us as they pass on to us the lessons they have learned. Many of these lessons have been canonized in the form of proverbs or clichés that are passed down through the generations. Share one of your favorite words of wisdom with us in picture form.

In the contest entry form, please include the saying that inspired your artwork. Click the link above for a list of truisms you may wish to use.

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CATEGORY 1 (ages 7-10 as of February 1)

Theme: Through the eyes of David or Mary, mother of Jesus


First Place Winner


Ava Gray of Wildomar, CA
“Mary’s Visit with the Angel Gabriel”

Second Place Winner


Antonio Godoy of Oak Hill, VA
“Courage in the Face of Your Adversary”

Third Place Winner


Zachary Wang of Gilbert, AZ
“David’s Sheep”

Honorable Mention


Gemma Campbell of Lake Charles, LA
“Jesus’ Face”

Honorable Mention


Adeline Shaw of Lewis Center, OH
“Bethlehem Starry Night”

Finalists

  • The Power of God by Madison Bracken
  • You Shall Call His name Jesus by Lindsey Brown
  • No Crying He Makes by Timon Emch
  • Faith by Lily Newell
  • The Birth of Jesus by Leticia Rose
  • Jesus’ Birth by Zoe Sams
  • Good News by Piper Sams
  • Jonathan Signals David by Levi Warren

CATEGORY 2 (ages 11-14 as of February 1)

Theme: Through the eyes of Elijah or Ruth


First Place Winner


Silas Motyka of Ludington, MI
“The Lord Will Provide”

Second Place Winner


Abigale Bell of Talladega, AL
“God Provides for Elijah”

Third Place Winner


Molly Wishard of North Hills, CA
“The Wedding of Ruth”

Honorable Mention


Hannah Tjia of Irvine, CA
“The Widow of Zarepath”

Honorable Mention


Caroline Crawford of Orange Park, FL
“Whirl-Wind of Fire”

Finalists

  • Trust and Providence by Andrew Berry
  • Chariot of Fire by Matthew Cerha
  • Ruth’s First View of Bethlehem by Maya Collins
  • Baal is Defeated by Gabriel Drabek
  • Ruth Cleaning by James Hoppe
  • Passing the Mantle by Sam Phibbs
  • Midnight Walk to the Threshing Floor by Ella Shaw
  • Meeting in the Gleaming by Annika Taylor
  • Horses of Fire by Hannah Tu
  • Spirited! by Esther Woelfel

CATEGORY 3 (ages 15-19 as of February 1)

Theme: Through the eyes of Moses or Esther


First Place Winner


Leah Palmer of Newberry, FL
“The Throne Room”

Second Place Winner


Sabine Mueller of Westminster, CA
“Indeed Who Knows, Your May Have Been Created for Such a Time as This”

Third Place Winner


Abigail Orman of Dyersburg, TN
“Mordecai”

Honorable Mention


Rachael Eben of Castle Rock, CO
“Holy Ground”

Honorable Mention


Grace Westling of Kodiak, AK
“Favored in His Sight”

Finalists

  • Arise and Eat by Adam Boggs
  • I AM Has Sent Me to You by Hannah Bolick
  • Esther’s Preparation by Aleah DenBoer
  • Glimpse of Paradise by Melanie Farhat
  • The Battle Against the Amalekites by Amadeus Gaby
  • Esther Before the King by Raven Henriquez
  • Zipporah by Hailey Keeline
  • Moses’ Faith by Sarah Kunkel
  • The Princess by Grace Martin
  • Courageous by Isabella Moretti
  • If I Perish, I Perish by René Pistella
  • Divinity by Magdalena Youmans