Book Cover Contest Ended

Enter by October 30 to Win an annual Colorado State Park pass and be on our first book cover!

Download this hot air balloon template, color it any way you like and upload.

Download the template!

We have a panel of judges including an art supply store owner, an art center owner, and a jazz singer!

Winners announced on Halloween!

Here’s an example one of our art teachers made:

Here’s another example, a COCO artist did this for us:


1st Place

Your artwork used on the cover of Color Colorado first book plus Annual Park Pass.

2nd Place

Your artwork featured in Chatfield section of the First Edition plus Annual Park Pass.

3rd Place

Your artwork featured on COCO website plus Annual Park Pass.

You don’t need to make your version realistic. You can change the colors, add anything you like!

Here’s the original photo in color.

And again in black and white.


  • Free to enter
  • Any size
  • Hand drawn only!
  • Color the template any way you like
  • Use part or all
  • Introduce fantasy elements (dinosaurs, castles, spaceships, monsters, bald eagles, etc.)
  • Upload to our website to enter or email to
  • Computer art will be DQ’d
  • Multiple entries per person allowed
  • Entries become the copyright property of Colorado Spaces Institute.
  • Artwork must be prepared by the entrant
  • Use any colors you like!