2018-19 Missionary Childhood Association National Christmas Artwork Contest

22 winners will be selected in this competition; their artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas 2019.

Two grand-prize winners will also be chosen, and their artwork will appear as the official Christmas card of the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Father Andrew Small, OMI.

National contest winners will be notified in late spring 2019 and announced to Catholic media in fall 2019; all winners receive a commemorative plaque.

This contest is open to young Catholics in grades K-8. Entries must be postmarked or received by January 31, 2019. Winners from last year's (2017-2018) contest may not enter this year’s competition.

There are three ways to submit artwork:

  • Mail* entry to your (Arch)Diocesan Office of the Missionary Childhood Association [your local mission office]. To look up the address of your (Arch)Diocesan Mission Office, click here.
  • Mail* your entry to the National Office of the Missionary Childhood Association, Attn: MCA Artwork Contest, 70 West 36th Street, 8th Floor, York, NY 10018
  • Enter online by clicking the link below.


*All entries submitted through the mail must be accompanied by a completed entry form. The form should be attached to the artwork with tape or glue stick. Please do not staple the form to the artwork. Please note: artwork cannot be returned. Artwork that does not conform to the guidelines will be disqualified. Please, no vertical designs.