Holiday Card Contest Photo of art supplies

The annual Holiday Card Contest is an opportunity for Idaho students to showcase their artwork and for the state to recognize the importance of arts in education.

Holiday Cards for the contest must be received by the State Department of Education no later than Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.

The contest is open to all Idaho public school students in grades K-6. One drawing will be selected to be published on the State Department of Education’s website and used as the Department’s holiday greeting card. The student who submits the selected artwork will receive cards for his or her own use. The Department also awards grade-level winners.

2018 Holiday Card Contest Winners


  • Julia Wood
  • 3rd Grade
  • Spalding Stem Academy
  • West Ada School District
Silhouette of leaping deer and moon on a chalk-colored background


  • Peyton Genoway
  • Webster Elementary
  • Lewiston School District
Marker drawing of an owl with a Santa hat sitting on a stump next to a decorated Christmas tree proclaiming 'Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas'


  • Bailey Campbell
  • Heights Elementary
  • Middleton School District
Marker drawing of an orange cat wearing a santa hat sitting in front of a window while snows falls outside


  • Kylee Riggers
  • Prairie Elementary
  • Cottonwood School District

Marker drawing of different colored snowflakes


  • Grace Roberts
  • Skyway Elementary
  • Vallivue School District
Drawing of Santa next to a decorated tree and presents


  • Julia Loveland
  • Spalding Stem Academy
  • West Ada School District
Family ice skating while snow falls and and pets watch


  • Juliana Hearold
  • Meadows Valley
  • Meadows Valley School District

Holiday Card Contest Guidelines

  1. The contest is open to Idaho public school students in grades K-6.
  2. Drawings should reflect holiday or winter scenes in Idaho appropriate for seasonal correspondence, and should not include copyrighted images such as Garfield the Cat, Bugs Bunny, Digimon characters, etc.
  3. Drawings should be on 11” x 8.5” paper (landscape format).
  4. Drawings must be properly labeled. Write the name of the student, the student’s grade, district, school, and the teacher’s name on the back of the artwork. Please make sure this information is legible. (If you submit multiple grade levels, please keep the entries for each grade level separate.)
  5. Students may use as many colors as they wish in their drawings and may use watercolors, colored paper, magic markers, crayons, or some combination. Students are encouraged to completely fill the page but keep the design simple. Too many details tend to get lost in the design. Bold colors work best for the printing process. Please note: Fabric designs and pencil drawings are not suitable to our printing process and will not be selected.
  6. Students must be advised that entry into this contest constitutes (1) a waiver of all copyrights students have in their entries, and (2) permission to republish entries without compensation.
  7. Drawings will not be returned.
  8. The winning entries from each grade level will be published on the Idaho State Department of Education website.
  9. Results will be announced in December.

Submissions must be received by Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Please mail to:

Idaho State Department of Education
Attn: Karli Bennett
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027