How it works

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires you.


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 March 2, 2018 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle:
    Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  3. Write:
    1. Doodle description - Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest.
    2. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).
    3. Detached doodles: If the doodle wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

Judging criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

  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 5 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:
    Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below.
  2. National Finalists:
    1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  3. National Winner:
    Featured on Google.com

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 May 18, 2018, 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 executives will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner the first week of June.

Learn more about what the 2018 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page.


Disqualifications

  • 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.
  • Please read through contest rules for more information.