Design The Big Issue’s Christmas cover!

Sleigh bells are nearly a jingling and it’s that time again. It’s time… for The Big Issue Christmas Cover Competition!

Are you – or do you know – an amazingly talented young artist? The Big Issue’s annual competition to design one of our festive magazine covers is now open!

Since our first kids’ cover in 2013 we’ve had thousands of bright, bold and cheery entries from our young readers, schools and other youth organisations, and the winning pictures have boosted sales for our vendors at the most important time of year for them.

We want as many people as possible to get involved. Designs can take any form, from drawings to paintings and even digital art, so get your pens, pencils, crayons, tablets – and glitter – at the ready!

Previous winning entries. Images first published on

Apart from the winning design being on the front of tens of thousands of magazines sold across the UK, we will also be offering a special prize for the best group entry – from a school or nursery class, or any other creative group of youngsters who send in a bundle of entries. So tell parents and teachers all about it.

This is the best time of the year,” said Big Issue editor Paul McNamee. “The Kids Cover Competition has become a Big Issue tradition. Christmas is such a vital time for The Big Issue vendors, and a hard time on the street, that when the entries for this flood in and we see the wonderful ideas, everybody across the organisation feels spirits lift.

All those who enter take so much time and put so much in, all to help The Big Issue vendors it’s humbling and it’s hugely encouraging. I salute all those sending in their ideas. Settling on a winner is a very tough task. Don’t delay. Get the entry in today!

Our deadline is November 21. Don’t delay. Create Christmas cheer – AND history.

Anyone aged 13 or under is eligible to enter. We print as many entries as we can squeeze into the magazine’s pages, but all entries will feature in our spectacular online gallery. Unfortunately, we can’t return artwork.

Post your entries to:

Christmas Kids Cover Competition
The Big Issue
43 Bath Street
G2 1HW



Make sure you include a name, age, address and telephone or email contact on all entries.

The above article first published on in Nov, 2017.