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Red Balloon Bookmark Art Contest!

2024 Red Balloon & Wet Paint Bookmark Art Contest


*artwork by Audrey RS, 2022 Art Contest Winner

One winner is chosen from each of these 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 at the end of summer at Red Balloon, and will win $20 gift cards to both Red Balloon and Wet Paint!

Notable Dates:

Submissions Open: Grand Old Day / Sunday, June 2 (Visit Red Balloon in person to pick up your art contest worksheet, or print from home by clicking on the image below!)
Submissions Close: End of day, Sunday, August 11
Winners Announced: Thursday, August 22 (Announced on Red Balloon's Instagram and Facebook account @redballoonbookshop)
Bookmark Art Contest Workshop: Thursday, July 25 @ 4 - 6pm at Wet Paint.
Learn more about this workshop event and let Wet Paint know you're coming by visiting this link!


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 in person at Red Balloon Bookshop, Wet Paint, or by email at 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. 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

Visit this link to view previous winners from previous years!

Contest Judging: Red Balloon Bookshop and Wet Paint select five anonymous judges from our community of authors, artists, and peers to assess submissions according to age category. Judges will judge artwork solely by the art itself as the name/information of each submitter will remain anonymous. The five judges include:

  • 1 Author
  • 1 Illustrator/Artist
  • 1 Educator
  • 1 Teen Reader (from Red Balloon's Teens Read Book Club)
  • 1 Frequent Red Balloon Customer

Previous judges have included: Ty Chapman, Magdalena Mora, and Molly Anthony.

More info coming soon!

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Because of our love of reading and fun, Red Balloon Bookshop is dedicated to serving our community with books, gifts, and events that inspire, inform and entertain, helping children of all ages—and adults!—live imaginative and rich lives.
Learn more about Red Balloon at

Wet Paint’s mission is to match artists with the right materials and supplies so they can successfully fulfill their creative expression.
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