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2022 Summer Reading Bookmark Art Contest!


It's time for our fourth annual Red Balloon Bookshop Summer Reading Bookmark Art Contest!

One winner will be chosen from each of five groups:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • 3rd through 5th grade
  • 6th through 8th grade
  • 9th through 12th grade
  • 18+ / Adults

Winners will have their bookmarks professionally printed to be handed out in the last two weeks of summer at Red Balloon, and non-adult winners will get a $25 gift card to our store!

Submissions are due by July 24. This summer, the art contest will be incorporated into our Summer Reading programming, with winners announced at our We Found Waldo party on July 31st. Red Balloon will host a very special bookmark workshop event the week before bookmarks are due on July 14, from 2-4pm. Friends looking for fun and company while making their designs are welcome to join!

You can mail bookmarks to the store address (891 Grand Avenue), drop them off at the store, or email us a digital version of your artwork. We recommend printing and using the worksheet below to help with sizing, and to see all details of the contest.

*Left: Artwork by Chloe, 2021 Summer Reading Bookmark Art Contest Winner

*Right: Artwork by Berkeley, 2020 Summer Reading Bookmark Art Contest Winner


Art Contest Worksheet (PDF)

Contest Rules:

  • Only one contest entry per person.
  • To size your image correctly, we recommend you use the template on the worksheet to design your bookmark. The edges (indicated by the arrows on the worksheet) may be trimmed when the bookmark is printed, so please keep anything important to the middle of the design. The design can be either horizontal or vertical.
  • All artwork must be original and any quoted text must be credited to the author. Entries with inappropriate content will be disqualified.
  • Entries will be accepted either at Red Balloon Bookshop or by email at info@redballoonbookshop.com. Email entries should be high-resolution scans or digitally-created images (for digital images, please see the digital guidelines below).
  • One winner will be selected in each of the age groups. Non-adult winners will receive a $25 dollar gift card to Red Balloon. The winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and given out at the counter at the end of the summer.

Digital Guidelines:
Please make sure your image is at least 315x1015—a high resolution image will look much better on the final product.
Any images submitted to us should be .JPEG, .PNG, or .PDF.
Email any digital submissions to info@redballoonbookshop.com


*Artists featured on Art Contest Banner from left to right:

Molly (2019 Winner); Charlote (2019 Winner); Joleh (2019 Winner); Lenore (2020 Winner); Sloane (2020 Winner); Grace (2021 Winner); Victoria (2021 Winner); Aubrey (2021 Winner)