Is Your Child Ready to Design Google’s Next Doodle?

Your little sister, brother, favorite kid in the neighborhood or child could be the next Google star – that is, if he or she is a K-12 student living in the United States who has doodling skills that are beyond belief or are good enough to beat out the expected 100,000-plus entries from around the country.

Google announced this year’s theme for the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google contest for kids is: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit….” Doodles can reflect visiting the past, present or future. So, hop in your time machine whether it be an old-time pirate ship or a decked-out space travel machine.

Google also announced a few changes this year after last year‘s record-breaking number of entries (107,000) — making this year’s competition bigger than ever.

Kids who want to win a $30,000 scholarship for themselves, plus a $50,000 technology grant for their school are invited to participate in the 2012 Doodle For Google contest. Children in grades Kindergarten through 12th may create their best Google artwork for the homepage, centered around the theme of "If I could travel in time, I would visit..."

The winner of the contest two years ago was then third grader Makenzie Melton of El Dorado Springs, Mo. Makenzie's design was selected as the winner among 33,000 entries.  Her design centered around the future of the rain forest.

Entries for the 2012 contest will be accepted from now until March 23rd.  The judges will include Katy Perry, Jordin Sparks, and the co-creator of "Phineas and Ferb", Jeff Marsh.

The top 50 doodles will be displayed on the contest site beginning May 2nd and people across the country will be able to vote for their favorites.  In addition, the New York Public Library as well as local museums throughout the U.S. will exhibit the best doodles from their states after the national winner is announced.

Info for participants

The Doodle 4 Google competition is now open to all K-12 students in U.S. schools (including home schoolers). Parents, teachers, or after school programs may submit doodles on behalf of their child or student as long as they are accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. Like last year, we do not have a cap on number of submissions from one school, family, or after school program but we still require that only one doodle is submitted per child. In the case of duplicate submissions by a single child, we will accept the submission that arrives first as determined by the "received by" date. Completed entry forms must be received by March 23rd.
New! We no longer require preregistration.
Parents or Legal Guardians of K-12 Kids: Parents or legal guardians who have children currently enrolled in U.S. based schools are allowed to submit artwork on behalf of their child as long as the parent or guardian signs and completes page one of the official entry form (available on this page) for each child who submits artwork for the contest. If you are a parent, we ask that you check with your child’s school first to see if they are participating in the contest in order to prevent duplicate submissions.
U.S. based private, public, and home schools serving K-12 students: Teachers in U.S. based schools are allowed to submit doodles on behalf of their students as long as they are accompanied by a completed entry form signed by the child's parent or legal guardian.
After school programs: Representatives from any after school organization are allowed to submit students' doodles as long as they are accompanied by a completed entry form signed by the child's parent or guardian. Also, please check with the child's parents to prevent multiple entries as we allow only one entry per student.

Contest Rules

You can read the official contest rules for this year's competitionhere.

How do you enter the contest?

The entry form is available at the top of this page and needs to be completed as follows:

Page 1: This page needs to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian of the child entering the contest.
Page 2: The entrant's artwork needs to be drawn on the second page of the entry form. We have provided three options for page 2 of the entry form (two with the Google logo and one with a blank entry space). All are equally acceptable but only one may be submitted together with Page 1. We limit only one doodle per child. Duplicates are disqualified.


Design Guidelines

  • The doodle should be completed on page two of the entry form available at the top of this page.
  • The Google logo in the student doodle should be clearly visible and recognizable.
  • The student doodle should be done in pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint or by using computer drawing or design software.
  • We do not accept entries that use additional materials to create 3D effects.
  • While we encourage your students or children to use the previous doodle artists and winners as inspiration, we remind participants not to recreate or plagiarize previous designs. They cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  • We keep all the original artwork and do not send it back. If you'd like to retain a copy of your student's or child’s doodle, please make a color copy of it before you mail it in.

Where to Send Submissions

Doodles are due on March 23, 2012 and must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2012.
All submissions should be sent to the P.O. box (regular mail) or courier service address (e.g., UPS or FedEx, etc.) listed below.Please note that you cannot submit artwork via courier service to the PO box below. If you use USPS you must use the top address and if you use a courier service you must use the bottom address.
P.O. Box Address
Doodle for Google
PO Box 9112
Plainview, NY 11803-9112

Courier Service Address
Doodle for Google
c/o Tenthwave
35 Pinelawn Road Suite 207W
Melville, NY 11747

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