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2021 Doodle for Google Contest for U.S. school students

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Application Deadline: February 26, 2021 11:59pm Pacific Time (PT)

The Doodle for Google Competition is designed to encourage eligible U.S. school students and their parents/guardians on their behalf to use their creativity to create their own interpretation of the Google logo

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inner strength means to you.

How to enter

We’re excited to see some strong 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 February 26, 2021 11:59pm 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. From crayons to clay to found objects.
  3. Write:
    1. Artist’s statement – Tell us about what you have drawn and how it represents your inner strength.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and have a parent or guardian sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest online (recommended) or by mail (see step 3 on the entry form for details).
    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. Other 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:10 or more winners for each grade group, 54 in total
  2. National Finalists:1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  3. National Winner:Featured on Google.com

Competition levels

Fifty-Four State and Territory WinnersThe Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best doodle from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands as the State and Territory Winners. These 54 State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle for Google website.

Five National FinalistsFor a period of 5 days the U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 54 State and Territory Winners. These votes will help determine the National Finalists.

One National WinnerA panel of Google executives will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner in June.

Learn more about what the 2021 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page.


  • Doodles that are not original works, contain logos, or copyright imagery 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.

Official Website: 2021 Doodle for Google Contest

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