2022 TASL Bookmark Contest

FAQs for the Bookmark Contest

Template and Entry Form

Instructions and Checklist


THEME:  Connect @  Your School Library

Who may enter the contest?

  • Any current member of TASL
  • Non-member libraries are not eligible.

What if I am a district supervisor or work in multiple schools?

  • Any member may submit a maximum of THREE entries per division for each school they serve.

What if I am not a member of TASL?

How do I run the contest at my school?

  • You have a choice of submission methods.
    • Working with classroom or art teachers
    • Have students work on their entries during library time or free time.
    • Promote this school wide contest and offer prizes for winners in your school.

The Divisions are comprised of which grade levels?

  • Primary is grades K -2.
  • Intermediate is grades 3 – 5.
  • Middle is grades 6 – 8.
  • High is grades 9 – 12.

Can all grade levels compete in the Digital Art category?

  • No, only students in Division III & IV (Middle and High Schools) are eligible to compete in Digital Art.
  • Divisions I & II must be hand drawn.

How are Digital Art entries to be submitted?

  • All entries, including digital art, must be hard copies and submitted via US Postal Service mail

What are the criteria that the judges will use?

  • Entries in each category will be considered using the following as guidelines for scoring: 
    • Creativity 
    • Execution of the theme:  “Connect @ Your School Library!" 
      • **Artists should include the theme on the bookmark.
    • Artistic use of materials (digital art, paint, crayon, etc.) 
    • The entry is completed correctly, with all information and a parent signature visible.

When do I send in the contest entries?

  • Send entries via mail anytime. All entries must be postmarked by March 1st, 2022
  • Send entries to:

TASL Bookmark Contest
Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet
c/o Amanda Smithfield, Librarian
700 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203


What information do I need to submit an entry?

  • The contest templates for photocopying are on the Bookmark Contest page at www.tasltn.org
  • Each entry needs the student’s name, grade, school, school address, the member librarian’s name and email address.
  • We also ask for parent/guardian signature for publicity and privacy purposes. Entries without a parent/guardian signature will be disqualified.
  • In loco parentis signatures are acceptable for boarding schools or similar situations.
  • We recommend that you fill out as much of the entry with school information as possible before photocopying for student distribution.

Will I be able to get my student entries back?

  • Entries will not be returned
  • We advise that you scan your entries into a file or make color copies for your records before mailing.

What are the prizes?

  • 1st place winners receive:

    • Students:  a $25 cash award
    • 50 bookmarks of their own design
    • School librarians: 200 bookmarks of the winning design and an enlargement of their bookmark
    • An award certificate
  • Honorable mention awardees receive:

    • Students: 25 bookmarks of their design
    • School librarians: 100 bookmarks of their design
    • An enlargement of their bookmark
    • An award certificate

How do schools publicize their school’s winners?

  • Immediately following the judging, emails are sent to the Librarians who have winning or honorable mention bookmarks.
  • As soon as all winners have been contacted each School Librarian will be provided with a model press release to send out to their local news media sources, district communications department.
  • It is the responsibility of the school librarian to provide more in depth ceremonies, interviews and news coverage. Please use #TASLTN when sharing on social media. 
  • TASL will gladly help out with information to encourage news events.
  • TASL encourages members to send any new articles about this event for inclusion in the TASL newsletter and at the TASL conference.



Contact Amanda Smithfield: [email protected]