Rules: Kid Pic of the Month and Win the Cover

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Editor's Note: Thanks for your interest in the Columbus Parent Kid Pic of the Month and Win the Cover contests. These related contests were discontinued with the relaunch of Columbus Parent as a quarterly, glossy publication in March 2019. For more information, go to this story.

Official Contest Rules

Kid Pic of the Month

To enter our Kid Pic of the Month contest, send a photo as an email attachment to Note: Photos must be at least 1 MB in size.

Readers can submit photos at any time. However, the contest period for Kid Pic of the Month ends on the first of the month prior to each issue date. (For example, the deadline for submissions for the July issue contest is June 1.)

At the close of each submission period, Columbus Parent staff members will select one winner and notify the person who submitted the photo. That photo will be published in the next issue. In some cases, we may need more information before the photograph can be published.

All photos submitted may be published in print as well as on our website or our social media pages.

Once a child has been selected as a monthly winner, he or she is not eligible to win again for the next 11 months.

The person submitting the photo must be at least 18 years of age and a parent, relative or legal guardian of the child in the photo. Both the submitter and the child in the photo must be central Ohio residents.

Only one child should be featured in the photo (we only select one winner). Make sure the child’s face is clearly visible (while the overall photo might be cute, if we can’t see the child’s face, we can’t select him or her as a winner).

Only one submission per child per month will be accepted (and it will be the first one sent). Subsequent photos of the same child will not be considered.

Please send as large (in byte size) a photo as possible. Photos must be at least 1 MB in order to reproduce them in print.

We are unable to accept entries that attempt to generate publicity for causes (no matter how worthy) or for businesses and organizations. If you are seeking publicity for any reason, send an email to so that we can consider your request.

Employees of GateHouse Media Inc. and their family members are not eligible to enter.

Win the Cover

Each Kid Pic of Month winner from the previous 12 issues (generally October to September) automatically will become a semifinalist for the next Win the Cover contest.

All photos submitted during the preceding year will be considered when our staff selects up to eight additional semifinalists for Win the Cover.

After the contest period has concluded, readers will be invited to vote for these semifinalists. The top five vote-getters will be named finalists, and our staff will choose the winner from this group. The winner will have his or her photograph taken at our studio for the December issue cover. No compensation is provided.