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Missouri Bicentennial Poster Contest

Missouri Bicentennial Poster Contest - September 1-30

The Missouri Bicentennial Commission is holding a competition to select posters for Missouri’s Bicentennial in 2021. St. Louis County Library will sponsor up to four entries in the state-wide contest. Two posters will be selected from elementary grades (3-6) and two from the secondary grades (7-12). Grade level is based on the 2019-2020 school year. The guidelines for St. Louis County Library’s contest are based on those for the Bicentennial Commission’s competition:


Rules and Guidelines

  • Entries accepted September 1-30, 2020.
  • Open to youth who were in grades 3-12 during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Entries should interpret the theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories—past, present, and future.
  • Students should use two-dimensional art media (i.e. paints, crayons, colored pencils or collage) and ensure the media will transfer to a poster format.
  • Designs should be 8.5"×11" and vertically oriented.
  • Only entries created by individual students without assistance— with the exception of appropriate assistive technology devices— will be considered.
  • Only one entry per student will be considered.
  • Judges will evaluate entries based on the following criteria:
    • Interpretation of the contest theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories— past, present, and future.
    • The originality of the submission.
    • Consideration of geographic and cultural diversity.
    • Aesthetic quality; i.e. the art submission should be appealing to the eye.
    • Overall artistic ability; i.e. degree of creativity and skill for its age group.
    • Ability to translate the concept into a final poster design.


How to Enter

  • Design your poster.
  • Scan or take a photo of it.
  • Email the scan/photo as an attachment to, along with the following information:
    • First Name, Last Initial of entrant
    • Grade level during the 2019-2020 school year
    • SLCL card number
    • Library Branch
    • Parent/Guardian Phone
    • Parent/Guardian Email
  • Keep your original poster. Finalists will be asked to mail or drop off the poster at SLCL, so it can be sent to the Missouri Bicentennial Commission for the state-wide competition.