Put your pencils, brushes, crayons and imagination to work!

Enter the American Kidney Fund’s 23rd Annual Art Contest. We’ll select 13 talented artists and print their winning artwork in our 2019 calendar that’s distributed nationwide. All winners will receive a great prize. The cover art winner will also win a free trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, on October 3, 2018.

Each year we get a glimpse into the boundless hope and resilience of young patients when they submit their original artwork for our annual Calendar Kids Art Contest.

This nationwide contest is an opportunity for children and teens, up to age 16, who are living with kidney disease to share their artistic talents with the nation. The winner of the contest gets to have his or her artwork featured on the cover of AKF’s 2019 annual calendar, as well as a trip to Washington, DC, to attend and be honored at AKF’s annual gala, The Hope Affair.

The winning pictures will be featured in AKF’s 2019 calendar.

We must receive all artwork by March 31, 2018 (deadline extended).

Request an entry application

If you would like to receive an entry application for the Calendar Kids Contest, please enter your information in the form below. We will email you a link to the application.

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Who is eligible?

Children (16 or younger) who:

  • Have kidney disease
  • Are on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant
  • Live in the United States

If you have won twice before, you are not eligible.

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What should I draw?

Use your imagination! Your drawing may be about kidneys, patriotic themes, seasons, things that make you happy, ways to stay healthy, or whatever you like. Do not use copyrighted characters (like Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob, etc.) or pro sports teams.

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How is the cover art chosen?

We will choose 13 submissions to appear in the calendar, and will have an online voting contest in April. The artwork that receives the most votes will be featured on the cover.

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What should I send?

Please send us your original artwork, a completed contestant form (you may get one at your dialysis center, doctor’s office or on our website) and a recent, clear, close-up photograph of yourself to be featured in the calendar alongside your winning artwork. A school picture works best. Please write your name and age on the back of the photograph.

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Artwork Guidelines

Your drawing must be on white, unlined, 8½" x 11" paper, in a horizontal, flat format. You may use crayons, markers, paint, or make a collage (as long as you use only flat materials). And be sure to write your name and the title of your drawing on the back of your entry. Please note that artwork will not be returned.

  • White sheet (8½" x 11")
  • Name and title of drawing on back
  • Original artwork
  • No copyrighted characters, logos, or pro sports teams

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What if I have questions?

Call the American Kidney Fund’s Education Department at 800.638.8299, ext. 7052. You may also find information at your dialysis center, doctor’s office or on our website.

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