NOVEC’s co-op magazine seeks student art for contest

March 22, 2018

Contact: NOVEC Communications, 1-888-335-0500,

Art entries due May 1

MANASSAS, Va. — Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative’s magazine, Cooperative Living, is accepting art entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade students for the magazine’s 16th annual Youth Art Contest. Art should reflect: “What I like to do in the summertime.” Entries are due May 1, 2018.

Students may use any medium to create their artwork, but it should be configured vertically (portrait-style) on an 8½-by-11-inch sheet of white paper. The child’s full name, grade, mailing address, and parent or guardian’s daytime phone number should be printed clearly on the back of each entry. Students do not need to live in a home that receives power from an electric co-op to participate, but they should live in Virginia.

Graphic designers and staff at the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC), which publishes Cooperative Living, will select first-, second- and third-place winners in each grade. Each category’s first-place winners will receive $25 cash prizes. The “Best in Show” artist will win $100.

Cooperative Living will publish winning entries in the July 2018 issue. Electric-cooperative members, including NOVEC members, will receive the magazine.

“We provide the Youth Art Contest to encourage youthful creativity and give children a chance to show their art to the magazine’s 1.2 million readers,” says Bill Sherrod, Cooperative Living editor. “Our judges always have a difficult time selecting winners because of the creativity shown in the students’ art.”

Entries should be mailed unfolded to: Youth Art Contest, c/o Cooperative Living magazine, P.O. Box 2340, Glen Allen, VA 23058-2340. Original entries will not be returned.

About Cooperative Living

VMDAEC publishes Cooperative Living 10 times annually for more than 510,000 members of Virginia’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives. For more information, visit



Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit corporation that provides electricity  to approximately 168,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the Town of Clifton, and the City of Manassas Park. The utility is the largest electric co-op in Virginia and one of the largest electric companies of its kind in the nation. For more information, visit or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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