How It Works

Kids Start With Any


Use the letters




Kids Start With Any Materials

Use the letters G-O-O-G-L-E


How to Enter

We're excited to see some amazing doodles this year. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until December 2, 2016 at 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle: Have artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  3. Write:
    1. Have artists write a 50-word statement describing their doodle, their message behind the artwork, or their artistic process.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Combine:
    1. If the doodle wasn't created directly on the entry form, take a digital photo or scan of the doodle and combine it with the entry form.
    2. If you're submitting a digital entry, save the completed entry form as a .png, or .jpg.
  5. Enter the Contest:


Photographing A Doodle

Resolution: Use the highest quality setting on your camera. Your image should be at least 300 dpi.

Lighting: Make sure the doodle is well lit and free of glare and unnecessary shadows.

Composition: Position the camera so that the doodle fills the frame and there are no visual distractions in the background.


Doodles will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit: based on artistic skill
  2. Creativity: representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  3. Theme communication: how well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following grade groups:

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below.

  1. State and Territory Winners: 10 or more winners for each grade group, 53 in total
  2. National Finalists: 1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  3. National Winner: featured on the Google homepage

Competition Levels

Fifty-Three State and Territory Winners

The Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best doodle from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam as the State and Territory Winners. These 53 State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website.

Five National Finalists

For a period of 14 days prior to March 1, 2017, the U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 State and Territory Winners. These votes will help determine the National Finalists.

One National Winner

A panel of Google employees will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner and the National Finalists prior to March 31, 2017.

Learn more about what the 2016 winners and finalists will receive on the Prizes page.


  • Doodles that are not original works and doodles that contain logos will be disqualified.
  • Only one application per student. Only the first doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional doodles will be disqualified.