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Young Lives Big Stories

YLBS FAQ

 

Q: Who can enter the contest?

A: Contest is open to all children and youth of service members Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, or Retiree enrolled in Army CYS programs.

 

Q: How do I enter the contest?

A: Tell us what it means to be a military child through a drawing (ages 3 – 3rd grade) or written submission may be an original essay, poem, song, lyric, video etc. (4th-12th grade). Submit your entry by visiting the "Enter" section of the site, downloading, completing your form and sending it in. Online/Email submissions should be titled "Young Lives, BIG Stories" with the sponsor's name and child's name (first and last name) in the subject line.

All submissions must have a COMPLETED and SIGNED (by a parent/legal guardian/sponsor) entry form.

 

All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on 30 April 2022.

 

 

Q: What types of files are accepted?

A: The following file types are accepted for entries: .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .png. Files must be max of 5 MB, online/email submissions accepted.

 

Q: What are the categories for the contest?

A:

Category

Submission Formats

Ages 3 - 4

Drawings Only

Ages 5-Grade 1st

Drawings Only

Grades 2 - 3

Drawings/Audio/Video

Grades 4 – 5

Written/Audio/Video

Grades 6 – 8

Written/Audio/Video

Grades 9-12

Written/Audio/Video

 

Q: How many times may I enter the contest?

A: Each participant may submit one (1) entry into the contest

 

Q: How many winners will be selected?

A: Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from IMCOM G9 Child and Youth Services. There will be an overall winner for the contest and a first place winner for each age category.

 

Q: What are the guidelines for drawings?

A: Guidelines for Drawings:

  • Drawings must reflect the question, “What does it mean to you to be a military child or youth?”
  • Word .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .png files accepted (max of 5MB online/email submissions accepted).
  • Title your submission Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest and provide a brief description of your drawing (2-3 sentences).
  • Maximum of 5MB online/email submissions accepted.  Shared documents such as Google docs cannot be accepted

 

Q: What are the guidelines for written submission?

A: Guidelines for written submissions:

  • Written submissions must answer the question: “What does it mean to you to be a military child or youth?”
  • Submissions must be at least 50 up to 500 words in length.
  • Written submission may be an original essay, poem, song lyric, etc.
  • Word .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .png files accepted (max of 5MB online/email submissions accepted).
  • Maximum of 5MB online/email submissions accepted.  Shared documents such as Google docs cannot be accepted

 

 Q: What are the guidelines for Audio/Video Submissions?

 A: Guidelines for Audio/Video Submissions:

  • Audio/Video submissions must answer the question: “What does it mean to you to be a military child or youth?”
  • Submission cannot be larger than 18,000 kb.
  • Submission cannot be longer than 3 minutes.
  • Submission may be an original poem, song, lyrics, or play.
  • Submission must be QuickTime Movie compatible.
  • Maximum of 5MB online/email submissions accepted.  Shared documents such as Google docs cannot be accepted

 

Q: What forms of entry are accepted?

A: Online/email entries are PREFERRED, but mail in entries will be accepted (must be postmarked prior to the end of the submission period).

 

Online/Email submissions should be titled "Young Lives, BIG Stories" with the sponsor's and child's name (first and last name) in the subject line. Visit www.armymwr.com/momc and click the enter button on the webpage to submit or through email to usarmy.jbsa.imcom-hq.mbx.g9-cys-services@army.mil.

 

Mail entries can be sent to:

Department of the Army

IMCOM G9 – Child and Youth Services

CYS Programs Branch (ATTN: Denise Faison)

2455 Reynolds Rd.

JBSA, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7588

 

Q: Does my parent need to sign anything for me to enter the contest?

A: All entries must have a completed and signed (by a parent/sponsor/legal guardian) entry form included with the submission. 

 

Q: Can parents submit entries?

A: Yes. Entries may be submitted by parent or custodian of the child.

 

Q: By when must the entries be submitted?

A: Entries must be submitted (or postmarked) by 11:59 p.m. CST April 30, 2022.

 

Q: Who may create the entries?

A: Entrants must have primary creative control of their submission, and all submission materials must be original. In the case of age category 3 yrs-3rd grade, parents may assist with the 2-3 sentence description of submission.

 

Q: What will disqualify an entry?

A: Any reference to use of violence, profanity, drug, or tobacco/alcohol in drawings or written submissions will automatically disqualify the entry from the contest or is not the entrant’s original work.

 

 

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