Is your entry form completely filled out?
To enter the contest, you must complete a form for each entry you submit. You can be disqualified for turning in an incomplete form, or you could be ineligible to have your entry advanced to the next level. Here are some common problem areas:
- The Box at the Top will be completed by your school’s Reflections Chair or PTA President. (Are you a Reflections Chair? School chairs can click here to download a fact sheet on information needed for the entry form.)
- Contact Information Is Crucial. Your school Reflections chair and Reflections officials at other contest levels (the city, the district, the state….) may need to get in touch with you to ask a question or, eventually, to return your artwork to you. Please fill this out completely.
- Remember the Signatures. Each form must be signed by the student entrant and a parent or legal guardian (unless the student is 18 or older, in which case a parent’s signature is not needed). This is legally required; your entry will not be advanced without it. Students who cannot yet write their names should do the best they can, even if it’s just a scribble or a letter or two.
- Don’t Skimp On the Title. Do not leave your artwork’s title blank, and do not use “Untitled.” (You can be disqualified for doing so.) Your title is a chance to show your art’s connection to the contest theme, “What Is Your Story?” Simply restating the theme as your title is a wasted opportunity; instead, use the title to describe your art or to help show how it interprets the theme! Remember, your interpretation of the theme counts for half of the possible points assigned by judges.
- Details, Details, Details…. In the section for Artwork Details, include the relevant information for your category, using the examples given on the form and the Category Rules for guidance on what information to use.
- An Artist’s Statement Is Required. Write 10 to 100 words about your art. For example, you might explain how you thought of the concept, what challenges you faced in completing it, or how it expresses your ideas about the contest theme. If you can’t fit your statement on the lines provided on the form, you can write on the back or attach a page. But don’t write more than 100 words! Kindergarten and 1st-grade students (and special-needs students whose disabilities make writing difficult) may dictate the Artist’s Statement to an adult, to write on the form. The adult must write the statement exactly as stated by the student!
- Teacher, Please! A space near the bottom of the page asks for a teacher name and room number. This information makes it easier for Reflections to reach you if there is a problem with your entry, or to return your artwork. Most students will use their homeroom, 1st period, or resource class teacher here.