Art Contests for Kids

There are lots of online art contests for kids, and as I come across them, I’ll post them on this page. Please check into them before submitting artwork. If I hear that a particular contest is not a good one to enter, I won’t list it again.

Why should children enter art contests? Contests can be another way to help build confidence. Find out more here.

To find out more about a certain contest, click on the name below. If you have a contest you’d like for me to list, please contact me.

If you’d like to see a list of past contests, click here.

Be sure to also check out the free lessons and kids’ art galleries on this site!


Art Challenges

Weekly Art Challenge (International)

DEADLINE: Fridays, 11:59 pm EST



Illustration Friday (International)

DEADLINE: New Topic Every Friday




Art Contests with Deadlines

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest (International) 

DEADLINE: Varies by Country (check website)

AGES: 15 and under

Celebrate the Sea Festival Children’s Art Competition (International) 

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Ages: 5-15


International Aviation Art Contest (International)

Deadline: Must be received by January 19, 2018

Ages: 6-17


St. Mary’s River of Words Art and Poetry Contest (International) 

Deadlines: US – DEADLINE PASSED (Postmarked by December 1, 2017); International – Received by February 1, 2018

Ages: 5-19


Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition 2018 (International)

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Ages: 16 and under


US Kids Magazine Cover Contest (US Only)

Deadline: February 12, 2018

Ages: 2-12


Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Discovery Award (International)

Categories: Film, Performance, Website

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Ages: Grades 4-12


The 9th International Anton Chekhov Children’s Art Contest (International)

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Ages: 4-17


Never Such Innocence Art and Poetry Competition (International)

Deadline: March 16, 2018

Ages: 9-16


Science Without Borders Challenge (International) 

Deadline: April 23, 2018

Ages: 11-19



Online Gallery

This isn’t a contest, but a place to exhibit artwork:

Little Sketchers Online Art/Writing Gallery 


Ages: All Children



Ongoing Art Contests for Kids Monthly Craft Contest (US only)

DEADLINE: Last day of each month



Look and Learn Art (International)

Deadline: Last day of each month

Ages: 18 and under


Your Best Shots Photography Contest (US Only)


Ages: 13 and under

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148 thoughts on “Art Contests for Kids

  1. Hi, we have a new Mystery Build contest underway! Thanks!

    2015 Mystery Build Art Competition

    Create a work of art using ONLY the materials provided in a Mystery Build kit! What’s inside? We can’t tell you, but you can expect to find some common art materials like wood, clay, cloth, metal, and plenty of surprises. All 2015 kits contain the same materials, so each creator faces the same challenges and limitations. It’s an engaging project that combines the exploration of art, the challenge of a puzzle, and the fun of a game.

  2. I am intersted & aim in enducation art but properal knowledge in not’s ddeawin sketching tip in my email adders send please

  3. Hi ,Im just a 11 year old girl from the uk . And would really like to enter a ccompetion do you know any great sites in the uk?

  4. Hello! Samantha,
    Thank you for sending the links to the art contests. My dad just posted my art for the NRA Art Contest. I drew a black squirrel and a rabbit. I wish that I could share it with you, but me, my Mom and my Dad are not sure if we should send it while the contest is still going on. So I’ll just wait a while. Instead, I’ll share a different art work. 🙂

    • Hi Iris,

      That’s great! I LOVE drawing/painting animals, so I think the NRA contest is a lot of fun. I think your mom and dad are right. My children have entered contests before, but I never post their work anywhere until the contest is over and prizes have been awarded. Here’s a drawing my son did for the State Fish Art Contest. I really like that contest — it comes up in the spring, so I’ll post more info on it as it gets closer. He drew it when he was 11 (now he’s 19!), and he won a prize! I hope you win, too! But either way, I still think it’s fun to enter. I enter an illustration contest every year for my state, but I haven’t placed yet. Still trying! 🙂

  5. Hi !
    We have a new, 8th international art competition for children dedicated to Anton Chekhov. The contest is open to children from all around the world from age 4 to 17 years.

    Illustrations to Anton Chekhov’s works;
    Portrait of Anton Chekhov;
    Landscape in Chekhov’s works;
    Humor in Anton Chekhov’s works.

    All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2016.

    Full information is at

    The application form is at

    It would be very much appreciated if you could get it listed.

  6. I love drawing. This Page is very important to me. I want to know about more other drawing contest. It will be better if you send me some links of drawing contest in the worldwide via my e-mail.

  7. Dear Sam,

    I’m entering the US Annual Cover Contest. I plan to enter one contest every month or maybe every week if I’m really inspired. 😀
    Actually, I draw everyday because there are just so many cute and awesome animals to draw.
    Thank you for sharing the contest info.

    Just me,
    Iris 🙂

  8. Hi Samantha – you have a great website. We wanted to share our new art competition with you – it supports the new Sustainable Development Goals and is open to young people 12-18 years of age in the Asia-Pacific region. At the above link is a Poster for teachers and others to download and share. The competition is open now until June 5, 2016.
    many thanks, Lesley

  9. Hi Sir,

    Yesterday I had posted one drawing for my son Madhav Binu for this month’s contest “Best Friends”. Please note that, so far it is not published in the group of entries…
    Kindly check as my son put his time expecting to see his art in the entries 🙁


  10. Sir, Good Evening I am I.P Atulugama studying university of Moratuwa .I am teacher in charge Siththraneni ART Institute. My students interested in arts and drawing competitions, I came to know from samanthasbell website that you interested to list your competition please send details about competition to my email .Thank you

  11. Hi, my friend and I have submitted a work for the monthly competition. However, it’s been a week and we can’t still see our works on the contest entries’ page. Is there an elimination in the entry part? Also, how can we learn if our works won the contest? Thanks in advance…

  12. Hi Samantha,

    I am looking for any contests using blocks (building blocks) for toddlers aged 5. Do you know any place where we do have these type of contests.


  13. Hi ,

    My son’s drawing which is submitted yesterday is not yet published in the site.. Can you check….


  14. Hi,
    I can not see my artwork on april month contest. I have send an comment a week ago, but still can not see my artwork. Thank you.

  15. Hi im an 8th grader. My name is Armoni and i like to draw but i don’t have anything to do with my drawings so i have thought of sending them to art contests but i need help finding a contest because i have never entered one before i was hoping some of my art can get me a scholarship for college: Can you text me back asap

  16. I am a 15 year old, by name Chiaka MaryJane from Nigeria. i have been drawing since I was five, but has never had the opportunity to showcase my works. I love to draw manga art, nature, still life and other features. I’d like to post my drawings somewhere where they could be appreciated. I live in a very rural area in south east Nigeria. Please respond.

  17. We are from India please up to date certain competitions. Your site is very good to the young children who are interested in drawing. When I knew your site my son started to participate in the international painting competitions. He is a good in drawing and painting. Please inform us about the latest painting competitions for children.

    • So glad you like the site! I try to keep them updated on this page. I also send out updates in the free newsletter. I have had lots of projects due lately, though, and I haven’t sent it in a couple of weeks — I will get back on track! 🙂

  18. Is there a horse drawing contest because I have an AMAZING horse drawing it is a Frisian stallion cantering on the beach at night with a full moon.

  19. Hi my name is Brenda McDaniels I am writing in regards to my 12 year old granddaughter she is a fantastic artest she doesn’t think she is but she really is I have been looking for a couple test that I can send one of her pictures in to see if she would win it would be awesome if you could please direct me in the right direction I just want show her how great she is in what she does

  20. Samantha,
    Thanks for the site, I will be entering my son’s drawings in many of these art contests in the near future.
    I have a thought for you though.

    Why not create an art contest for your site for a logo. I noticed your name and immediately thought you needed a logo with a bell in it, and then I thought wouldn’t it be neat to create a contest for the kids to design the logo and the winner gets it posted to the site.

    • What a great idea! I’ve played around with a few different logos that I made but I didn’t really like any of them. I’ll do it! Thanks! 🙂

  21. Can you submit artwork that you used a reference to create? Can you recreate art that someone already created? For contests of course. My daughter has been learning on her own this past year but has not yet stepped out if her comfort zone to do anything totally original yet.

    • It depends on how you use the reference. You can’t create the same picture someone else has already created, but I use references all the time. Here are some ways to do it: 1. Use your own photos as a reference. 2. Use references from copyright-free photo sites like This is a free site; just click through any ads that may pop up. 3. Find a photo she likes and then make changes in the artwork, such as changes in color, background, etc. You have to be more careful with this, though, as published photos in books and most images online have copyrights. 4. Create artwork “from life” by looking at something — an object, a scene outside, etc. If she wants to come up with her own art out of her imagination and is just stuck, I would just let her keep doing what she’s doing. You can’t enter it in contests, but copying other people’s art is a good way to learn. And the more she creates, the faster she’ll learn. Pretty soon I think she’ll have the confidence to try on her own. In the meantime, you’d have a lot of great Christmas gifts. 🙂

  22. hello, I am a Chinese mother, my son is 6 years old and he likes drawing very much. would you please send the contest information to my email? thank you very much

    • I send out new contest information in my newsletter every weekend. The sign-up form is at the top of the sidebar on the right. Just fill it out, and you will get the information in your email box! 🙂

  23. Hi Samantha,

    many thanks for listing all the Art competitions. My daughter participated to a one in Japan and the winner are meant to announce today but sadly I can not remember the name of it . even I can not find it in your web page . The theme was Harmony . I would be much grateful if you can get me the name of the competition .

    many thanks

  24. Hey Samantha! I submitted a drawing for the weekly challenge yesterday for the first time and am slightly anxious if it got accepted or not as the entries do not show my drawing. Please suggest how to confirm submission, thanks!

    • Sorry! Haven’t been feeling very well the last couple of days, so I got behind. But I found it, and it’s great! It’s on the entry page now! 🙂

  25. Hi Sam,
    My 12 year old – turning 13 in January – daughter is a little artist, loves drawing horses and also she is a good photographer.
    She’s got a beautiful piece of artwork of a horse, with which she would like to enter a competition.
    Is there any competition that you are aware of and she is eligible?
    Many thanks,

  26. I am Thinara .And seven years girl.My school is a very small.All of us like to draw.We do not have art teachers.But we draw.Your page helps me alot.So please send me all about children contests.

    • Hi Thinara,

      Have you signed up for the free newsletter? The box is on the top right-hand side. I usually send it out once a week with new contest information. 🙂 So happy your class likes to draw!

  27. Hello Samantha,
    It’s a wonderful job u r in.. Just came to know from one of my friends. M a mother of 7 yrs girl as well as teaching art in school. Pls enroll my email ID. Best wishes n love

  28. Hi… My name is Mano from chennai…. I’m a 14yrs old girl….. I’m interested in drawing…. So, I like to join in Art contest for kids…. Shall I have any drawing competitions in your website…..

  29. Hi Samantha, I am Nikita from India a mother of 5.8yr daughter and her name is Aalhadini. She loves art and your website has helped me know a lot about the different contests. I wanted her to participate in “Toyota dream car” contest. But seems it doesn’t have India in their list of participating countries. I have been calling the India office but haven’t received any ans on same. Are you aware about if Indian National Kids can participate in the contest? Thank you. Nikita

  30. Hello Samantha,

    Thanks for maintaining this page so nicely for so long! Our kids find it the best resource on the web to know about art contests they can participate in.
    Had one request. We see you remove the contest information from your page once the same is over. Later on, it becomes very difficult to remember which contest we had participated in.
    Will it be possible for you to maintain an archive page where you should dump all the past contest information ? This would also help us to enquire about repeat contests (i.e. that happen each year).

    • I am still behind right now, but I am working hard on catching up! We had a lot of company over the holidays, and I had a lot of projects with deadlines this past week that I had to finish. I want to make sure I didn’t miss any entries before I announce a winner. I’ll have all the winners of Something Blue, Merry Christmas, and Things That Can Fly by Tuesday, January 9!

  31. Dear Samantha the contest – International Aviation Art Contest (International), seems to be open only for the US and not for other countries. The registration form clearly mention the declaration of US citizenship of the participant. Please confirm the same. The art work of my daughter is ready.