Economic Concepts Poster Contest

State Winner, Economics Poster Contest, 7th grade

Economic Concepts Poster Contest
Rules and Awards


Teachers should submit entries to their school’s regional competition. (See participation to identify your regional contest. Include one completed entry form per teacher with entries.) All entries must be postmarked to your regional center no later than December 31, 2015.

To qualify for judging, entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Contain art that is original and hand-drawn  by a student in grades 1-8.
  • Horizontally display artwork on a white sheet of paper, not smaller than 8-1/2" x 11" and not larger than 9 x 12”.
  • Colorfully illustrate one of the six economic concepts, aligned to the student's grade.
  • Include the complete economic concept name illustrated in large (1” minimum) letters near the top of the drawing. Concept title should be written clearly and spelled correctly.
  • Lightly tape a 3 x 5” student information card to the back of each poster, including: student’s first and last name, student’s grade level, teacher’s first and last name, complete school name.
  • One entry per student.
Hot Tips:

Images should: 

  • be simple and straightforward with minimal text.
  • not include definitions as a part of the poster.
  • relate concepts to humans, not animals, whenever possible.
  • avoid dark backgrounds.


Regional Competition

  • Twenty-four regional winners will each receive an award and certificate.
  • Teachers of award-winning students will receive recognition.
  • Some Regional Centers for Economic Education offer an awards reception for winners, parents and teachers.
  • Winners in each of the regional competitions will automatically compete in the statewide competition.

Statewide Competition

  • Twelve Statewide winners will each receive a medal, monetary award and award certificate.
  • State Honorable Mention winners will receive a monetary award and an award certificate.
  • Teachers of state award-winning students will receive recognition.
  • Econ Illinois will provide a press release template which teachers can edit for their local media.
  • Twelve Statewide winners will be published in a 12-month calendar for the next school year. Calendars will be sent to all participating teachers and to the families and principals of state-winning students.