The state Department of Human Services Division of Family Development holds an annual Teen Media Contest that this year encourages students to illustrate, through art or the written word, the theme “What Does Your Family Tree Look Like?”

The concept can be taken literally or in the abstract, or be left to the imagination. It allows each family tree to be different — not everyone has the same type of family background. 

This year the contest is open to any middle or high school student in New Jersey. Young artists and writers no longer have to register with their school to enter. Winners will have their art featured in the 2019 Child Support calendar. 

Teens are asked to create and submit a piece of original work that complements the state's ongoing advertising and community outreach campaign.

Entries will be accepted in two categories: hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork, and written word (essay, poetry, composition, etc.). Entries will be judged on theme depiction, overall appearance, originality, and design and execution.

Prizes will be awarded but have not yet been determined.

The deadline for submissions is April 2.

For information and full contest rules see

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