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Envelope Design Contest


IL Bicentennial Envelope Design Contest:

The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has launched a statewide envelope design contest with categories for kindergartners through adults.  The winning designs will be featured on special limited-edition envelopes to be sold before and during February 2009.  The Illinois State Board of Education is a coordinating partner with the Commission serving to enlist schools and students to participate in the envelope design contest.  Contestants are not limited to students in Illinois schools, but anyone and everyone interested in participating in the Bicentennial art contest.  Winners from each category will be recognized in Springfield on February 12, 2009.

The U.S. Postal Service will offer a special Bicentennial cancellation on Lincoln’s 200th Birthday, February 12, 2009 at the Old State Capitol Historic Site in Springfield.  Those who purchase the Bicentennial envelopes will have the opportunity to cancel them that day for a truly one-of-a-kind collectible.  Funds raised from the sale of the envelopes will benefit the Tinsley Project, the effort to turn the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building in downtown Springfield into a living history site, complete with Post Office identical to the one that operated in the building from 1841-1849.  Next February, the U.S. Postal Service will also issue a block of four stamps to commemorate Lincoln’s 200th Birthday.

The top 200 envelope designs submitted will be used to create an exhibit entitled "Lincoln: As We Know Him" in the Old State Capitol during February and again in July 2009.

If you are interested in submitting your artwork for consideration please follow the rules and requirements below. 

How To:

The categories for design entries:

  • Grades K through 7
  • Grades 8 through High School
  • College students and adult amateur artists; and adult professional artists.

Please designate the category you are entering.

If the entrant is under the age of 18 the artist release must be submitted by parent, legal guardian or teacher.  Entrants must submit artwork that is proportionate to fit on a standard number 10 envelope with enough space left for address and postage. 

Entries will be judged on their representation and interpretation of an image of Abraham Lincoln.  Entrants must supply the following information upon submission of artwork:  Name, Address, Telephone Number, and Email Address.

The contest is open to Illinois residents only.  All Entries must be received on or before November 1, 2008.  Submit the original, color artwork as a 300dpi or larger jpeg file to hpa.bicentennial@illinois.gov.



The IL ALBC’s selection of the winners for the envelope design artwork contest is solely within its discretion; the Commission reserves the right to reject any or all entrants and to select any select artwork not entered in this contest.  By the act of entering the contest, all entrants agree that the Commission’s decision is final and binding.  By making art submissions to the Commission, the winner agrees (1) that winner is acting as a volunteer, (2) that the Commission will own all property rights, including intellectual property rights, in the winner’s artwork image to be displayed or promoted as the Bicentennial Commemorative envelope artwork for distribution and publication in any existing or future form or forms and in any country or countries by the Commission during the Bicentennial period (3) that the artwork may be used in any form and may be disseminated or published, for free or for payment using any existing or future technology, for any purpose in perpetuity.