There are 2 categories for contest submissions – a POSTER or a NEW LOGO design. Winners in both Categories will take home a prize pack. Winning artwork will be on display all around the community and in use for years to come. Participants must be current Nevada County residents between 13 and 19 years of age. More details to come! Official contest rules and weekly updates and PRIZE ANOUNCEMENTS will be posted on our Facebook page.

We are still accepting local sponsorship from individuals or businesses for prize packages. Every week our Sponsors and the items they donate will be part of a running list showing off what awesome local prizes are up for grabs. Sponsors and prizes will also be featured at the FSCNC Submission Gallery Booth at the Annual Community Wildfire Preparedness Day.

Contact Billy Spearing for more information about how you or your teens can get involved in this project: 530-272-1122 or


Poster Contest Rules - The Poster category is all about fire safety and/or fire preparedness. The winning piece will be on display at our office, used in our booth at events and published on our social media pages. We will begin using this artwork this year. It should be a demonstration tool we can use while talking with the public (including kids) about fire safety, fire preparedness or emergency planning. Poster entries should display the basic concept of one or more of the following terms: defensible space, evacuation routes, roadside clearing (also called ingress and egress), family emergency plan, reunification point, Go Bags, hazardous vegetation, shelter in place or emergency notifications. We are confident that our teens are more than capable of understanding these concepts. Terminology should be visually represented in the artwork itself. You have creative control over how you would do that and what parts of fire safety you want to see on your poster. You get to choose your medium too. Posters can be sketched, colored, painted, or chalked. But they must be on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper. As long as the images are clear, we can have them enlarged at a print shop.

Logo Contest Rules - We are NOT promising to use your logo designs. Young people are inundated with imagery and we are curious to learn what you think would make a better logo for us. A logo is a complicated thing because it must be something which can be printed on any medium and used digitally. It has to look just as good in very small print as it does in very large print. Think small enough to go on a name tag, but also large enough to go on the side of a building. Ideally, logo artists will take some time to get to know about our organization and the history we have in our County as well as the broader impact of what other organizations like ours are doing in the world. This information will provide context for your design work. Logo submissions can be sketched, colored, painted, or digitally created. Submissions should be on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper, but does not need to fill the entire page.

All entries in both categories must be completely your own original creations. ABSOLUTELY NO use of Trademarked, Copyrighted or Patented images, characters, catch phrases, or product information. Unfortunately this includes Smokey Bear. Smokey is awesome, but he is Trademarked and Copyrighted, so we don’t get to use his image or his catch phrase.

Registration info should be on a SEPARATE sheet of paper. Do NOT mark you artwork with your name visible. Voting must be anonymous for finalists. (After the contest is over, we will ask poster winners to sign the corner of their art pieces.) You must include the artist name, artist age, a parent/guardian name, at least 1 email address, and at least 1 phone number. If this information is not attached we won't know who the artist is.

BASIC RULES -Participants must be current residents of Nevada County 13 to 19 years of age. Each artist may only compete in a single category. Every submission must have an attached registration form- This is important because registration info is how we notify the finalists and the winners. We will accept contest submissions until 8 pm on April 15th, 2019. Our staff will take the 2 weeks after submission deadline to choose the finalists for both categories. The Finalists artwork will then be on display anonymously in a gallery style debut at the Community Wildfire Preparedness Day on May 4th. Every Nevada County resident is welcome to come to the Gallery booth to VOTE for their Favorite art pieces. Residents will only get 1 vote in each category. After all votes have been counted, we will announce the official winners on or before May 10th, 2019. In the event of a tie, the final deciding vote will belong to – Sheriff Moon!!

****Parental Advisory—Since the Contest updates will be posted on our Social media accounts we want to point out that your house rules about screen time and social media usage have an important role to play. Participants under the age of 18 MUST have permission from their parent or guardian to participate, and prizes for minors must be picked up with their guardian present.

Eliza Tudor