Annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest for Kids
Have fun celebrating Tucson’s birthday by designing a postage stamp! Tucson was born on August 20, 1775, and we are celebrating the 238th birthday! There will be three youth categories. All of the entries will be displayed at the Postal History Foundation and a panel of local judges will select their favorites. Winning designs will be featured on the Postal History Foundation web site and are eligible for prizes. One of the winning designs will be used to print stamps that are legal for postage! They will be available for sale the day of the party and afterwards as a fundraiser for the YES program. Two of the winning designs will be chosen as cachets to be printed on envelopes to commemorate Tucson’s birthday. These will be for sale also as a fundraiser for YES. Ribbons will be given to 1st -5th place winners in each category. The grand winner will be one of the first place winners and will receive a framed postage stamp with his or her design on it. All 1st –5th place winners will be given prizes besides ribbons.
Directions and Rules: Only students from Tucson and surrounding areas may enter.
- Download the stamp outline and entry form from our website. Print the stamp outline on white paper. Make sure it takes up the whole 8½ x 11 page. Or drop by the Postal History Foundation and pick up a copy.
- Use the whole sheet of paper (8½ by 11) with the stamp outline on it.
- All designs submitted must reflect some aspect of Tucson’s history, culture and/or citizenry.
- Do not write anything on your design. You may draw your picture vertical or horizontal.
- No artwork may be submitted that is already owned and copyrighted by another individual or company. Artwork must be done by the entrant. Photographs and computer generated pictures are not allowed. The artwork must be done on the paper that is submitted with the correct stamp outline. Artwork that is inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible for the contest.
- A special “Tucson Birthday Party” will be held on Friday, August 23th, 2013, from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Awards and the unveiling of the winning stamp designs will happen at the party. The award winners will be excused from classes to participate in the awards party. Official excuse letters will be provided to those attending for school attendance officials.
- Designs and entry forms must be received by 3:00 p.m. at the Postal History Foundation on Thusday, August 1st, 2013.
Address: 920 N. First Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 – 520-623-6652
The foundation is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- All entries will be judged according to age category. 1st-5th place winners will be given ribbons and prizes. Winners agree to accept prizes “as is”. Any prizes unclaimed or deemed undeliverable may be forfeited or awarded to an alternate winner.
- All the designs will be displayed and exhibited at the PHF from August 17th- December 31st, 2013. After that students may pick up their work.
- Winners must consent to the PHF using their names and artwork in its publicity, website and exhibits.
- Winners will be selected by a local panel of individuals with experience in history, art/graphic design, public relations, and stamp collecting.
- Winners will be notified between August 8th- 12th. Winners will be expected to attend the birthday event on Friday, August 23, 2013, to claim their prizes. Those attending will be given official letters of excuse for school attendance records.
- The Postal History Foundation reserves the right to change the rules or cancel the contest at any time at its sole discretion.
- Limitation of Liability – Participants hold harmless the Postal History Foundation and its representatives, officers, directors and employees from any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions or any liability of any kind resulting from participation in this contest.