Novel Expressions Teen Art Contest

Novel Expressions Art Contest 2021

Thanks for participating

We are excited to share the results of the Novel Expressions Art Contest below! The top finishers will be contacted by email to receive their prizes. Watch these videos to see all the entries:

Presented by Loudoun County Public Library, Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Loudoun Youth Advisory Council.

contest winners


High School

First place: Evelyn Kelly
Second place: Heisy Urruita
Third place: Makena Polson
Runners Up: Iby Urruita and Brie Ferrufino
Click here to see the entries


Middle School

First place: Lauren Pyles
Second place: Jyotsna Gopianand
Third place: Laila Ouazene
Runners Up: Mihir Nimkar and Anvita Venkat
Click here to see the entries

Contest rules


Select a book from your summer reading and create a piece of artwork that expresses your feelings about any part of the story. For example, it could be a character that you feel a connection to or a scene that inspires you. The art can be a sketch or drawing, a painting, or mixed media. Submissions are accepted June 16, 2021, through Aug. 16, 2021.


  • Artists must be rising sixth- through 12th-graders.
  • Artists must live in Loudoun County, Va., or any of the following counties or cities: 
    • The cities Falls Church, Alexandria, Winchester or the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, Clarke or Frederick counties in Virginia; Jefferson County in West Virginia; or Montgomery, Washington, Prince George's, Frederick or Charles counties in Maryland.
  • Only one piece of art may be submitted per artist.  
  • Work must be in English, original and previously unpublished (including on the Internet).
  • A piece of artwork that is unpublished but has won a monetary award in any other contest is ineligible.  


  • Artwork must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, by emailing it to
  • Include a brief description (250 words or less) of the piece; a photograph of the artwork; and the artist's first name, last name, age, home address and the school they're attending in Fall 2021. 
  • Optional: Artists can submit via email a short (15 seconds or less) video showcasing their artwork in addition to the requirements listed above. 


Art will be judged in two divisions (middle school and high school) with prizes awarded to the top finishers in each division. 

  • First place: $100 gift card and art supplies
  • Second place: $50 gift card and art supplies 
  • Third place: $25 gift card and art supplies


Judges will be members of the Loudoun Youth Advisory Council, teen librarians and members of the Loudoun Arts Council.   

Announcing the winners

Winners will be announced on this page Monday, Nov. 15. The top finishers will receive their prizes in the mail.


Email with any questions about the contest.  

Participants of this program grant Loudoun County Public Library the right to publish their names and work in part or full and use their names and work in print and electronic publications. Participants also waive any copyright protection with respect to the right of Loudoun County Public Library to reproduce their work.

Please note that entries not in compliance with the above will be disqualified.