Contests Rules

Contact should be made with the WCTU to obtain an official sponsor of the contest. The rules are set by the WCTU and the decision of the judges is final.


Local Contests are to be completed by March 15th. The first place winner in each category is forwarded to the State Contest by April 15th. The first place state winner in each category is sent on to the National Education Director by June 15th. National winners are announced at the National WCTU Convention.


All materials mentioned are available from Signal Press (WCTU's Publishing House)

Call: 1 (847) 864-1396.


Picture Coloring Contest (K-3rd Grade)

Purpose: to offer primary age children an opportunity to present in an artistic manner, a message promoting abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.


New sets of coloring sheets for this year are available from Signal Press.


Requirements: The current sheets must be used.

Identification on the back must be legible and complete.


Judging: Three judges will be selected, preferably including a primary teacher, an individual with an art background and a WCTU member.


Criteria: Originality 25%, Appropriateness of colors 25%, Neatness and accuracy 25%, Instant appeal 25%.


Poster Contest (Grades 4-12)

Purpose: To offer students an opportunity to research and present an artistic message on the inherent dangers of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs with an emphasis on total abstinence as the right choice.


Color: Harmonious colors with strong contrast is encouraged.

Lettering: Use any combination of lettering and spacing which is readable and emphasizes key points.

Design: Theme and execution should be bold, gain attention, and have eye-appeal. Think "billboard."

Originality is very important. Target audience is youth.



1. Use poster board - 22 in. x 14 in. in size.

2. Cut-outs are permitted in Division I and II but only original artwork in Division III.

3. Do not use product images, trade-marks, brand names or copyrighted material.

4. Messages such as "Don't Drink and Drive" are NOT acceptable. The message must be that any use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs is unacceptable.

5. Each poster must contain this information on the upper right-hand corner of the reverse side: Name, Grade, Age, School, Teacher's Name, City, State.


Judging: There are to be three, preferably at least one with an art background, and a WCTU member for another.


Criteria: Originality 40%, Design and color 20%, Clear and accurate message 20%, Instant appeal 20%.


For both the Poster and Essay Contest:

Division I - grades 4 - 6

Division II - grades 7 - 9

Division III - grades 10 - 12


Essay Contest

Purpose: To offer students an opportunity to research and write on the subject of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs with an emphasis on total abstinence as the preferred choice.


Topics by Division:

Division I - How is Drug Abuse Dangerous? (200 - 300 words)

Division II - What are the Negative Effects of Smoking to Everyone? (300 - 500 words)

Division III - What Does Alcohol Cost Society? (600 - 1,000 words)


General Essay Requirements:

1. The content must adhere to the topic.

2. Sources must be included as a bibliography. All direct quotations must be noted and attributed (not to exceed 20% of content.)

3. Use standard paper size, white paper, one inch margins. Use one side, double spaced. Essays may be handwritten or computer-generated.

4. The original and two copies must be submitted. NO copies will be returned.

5. Each essay must have a cover sheet and all pages, including the cover, must be attached. The cover sheet is to include the name of the participate, age, grade, school, city, and teacher's name.

6. Each essay shall include a word count placed in the upper right hand corner of page one.

7. Purchase of resource packets is not required but use of references (below) is encouraged.


References: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -

National Institute on Drug Abuse -

Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids -


Judging: There are to be three judges. One judge should be a member of the WCTU.


Criteria: Style and persuasiveness 30%, Factual accuracy 20%, Originality 20%, Grammar and construction 20%, Neatness 10%.


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