PORTLAND — The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine has launched a map-making contest for Maine’s fifth-grade students, including those who are home schooled.

To enter, students must submit an illustrated map of anything the student chooses — the world, their neighborhood, a fictional place or somewhere they’d like to go. The key elements are creativity and originality. Maps must be flat and no larger than 11- by 17-inches.

Cash prizes are $1,000; $500 for the winning student and $500 for the winning student’s class.

The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, March 25. The following week, 10 finalists will be selected for online voting. The winning contestant will receive his or her prize at OML’s Pictoral Map Exhibit opening on Thursday, April 7.

FMI, enter: www.oshermaps.org/contest.


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