We Want You!!!

The Suncoast Young Authors Celebration invites all children in grades K-5 to design the logo for our 2007 T-shirts.
If your design is selected for our T-shirts, you will be invited to attend the celebration for free. You will meet authors and illustrators who create children's books. You will receive a free T-shirt, lunch, books, and much more!

If you would like to create a design for the T-shirts, here is what you have to do:
  1. Think of a picture that would represent the Suncoast Young Authors Celebration. The focus is on writing and illustrating books.
  2. Draw your picture on a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 inch white paper (regular copy paper). Do not draw an outline of the T-shirt, just draw the picture. Use the whole page for your picture.
  3. Use only 3-4 colors. You may use markers or crayons. You may outline with pencil and trace over with color, but do not use pencil by itself. Make your picture colorful and bright.
  4. Somewhere in your picture, you may include the title, "Suncoast Young Authors Celebration." You may also add a slogan of your own. You do not have to include words, but if you do, make sure all of your words are spelled correctly.
  5. Write your full name, address, phone number, age, and parent/guardian's name on the back of the paper. Also include your school, teacher's name, and grade level on the back of the paper.
  6. Send the paper to Dr. Jenifer Schneider, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU 162, Tampa, FL 33620-5650. Please do not fold the paper.
  7. Pictures must be postmarked by December 1, 2006. You may send as many pictures as you like.
  8. You will be contacted if your picture is selected, and your parent/guardian must sign a release.
  9. All pictures may be displayed during the Celebration.
  10. All pictures will remain the property of USF. Sorry, but we cannot return the pictures.
Judging Criteria
  • Illustration celebrates writing and/or drawing
  • Bright and colorful design
  • Picture suitable for girls and boys grades K-5
  • Quality artwork suitable for a T-shirt (easy to see)
  • Creative picture
  • Clever slogan (optional)
  • Overall Neatness
  • Correct Spelling

Selected Designs
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Sample Entries
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