Kids competition: design The Big Issue Christmas cover

The Big Issue has launched its annual kids’ competition to design the front cover for its Christmas edition. Designs can take any form – from drawings to paintings to digital art. Ready, steady, create…

The Big Issue magazine launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London, by offering people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income through selling a magazine to the public. Twenty-five years on, vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face the myriad of problems associated with poverty and inequality. You can read more here.

Since our first kids’ cover in 2013 we’ve seen thousands of bright, bold and cheery entries from our young readers in The Big Issue office. The winning images have lifted spirits and boosted sales for our vendors at the most important time of year for them.

This year, as issues around homelessness and child migration – particularly into Britain – grip, we are asking for entries around the theme of WELCOME.

Designs can take any form, from drawings to paintings to digital art. So have pens, pencils, crayons, tablets – and glitter – at the ready.

Apart from the winning design being on the front of a magazine sold across Britain in its tens of thousands, we will also be offering a special prize for the best group entry – from a school or nursery class, or any other creative group of youngsters who send in a bundle of entries. So tell parents, teachers and youth workers.

“This is the best time of the year,” said Big Issue editor Paul McNamee. “The Kids Cover Competition has become a Big Issue tradition. Christmas is such a vital time for The Big Issue vendors, and a hard time on the street, that when we see the wonderful ideas everybody across the organisation feels spirits lift.

“All those who enter take so much time, all to help The Big Issue vendors, it’s humbling and hugely encouraging. I salute all those sending in their ideas. Settling on a winner is a very tough task. Don’t delay. Get the entry in today!”

Our deadline is November 28.

We’re delighted this year that our friends at The Week Junior are supporting the competition. The Week Junior editor Anna Bassi will join the judging panel.

Anyone aged 13 or under is eligible to enter. We print as many entries as we can squeeze into the magazine’s pages, and all entries will feature in our spectacular online gallery. Unfortunately, we can’t return artwork.

Post your entries to: Christmas Kids Cover Competition,The Big Issue, 43 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW.
Email high-resolution pictures to:
Instagram: tag us @bigissueuk with the hashtag #bigissuekidscover

Make sure you include a name, age, address and telephone or email contact on all entries.