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The Expressions Challenge Contest Begins October 1st and Ends November 30th.  

Participants are challenged with using their creative voice to express their perspective on healthy choice topics which impact teens. Topics include: Anti-bully, Self-Esteem, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Sexting, Sexual Responsibility, and STD Prevention. Entrants can submit one entry into each category:

Creative Writing

  • Essay
  • Poetry
  • Short Story


Visual Arts

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture

Media Arts

  • Music Video
  • Animation
  • Short Film
  • Spoken Word

Entry Guidelines

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Walgreens Expressions Challenge is open to legal U.S. residents residing in the Chicago metropolitan area of IL and residing in the St. Louis metropolitan area of MO, teens currently enrolled in high school. Starts 9:00 a.m. CT on 10/1 & ends 11:59 p.m. CT on 11/30. For Official Rules, visit Sponsored by Walgreens Co.
  • All Entries must be in English. Only original music or music licensed by the entrant will be allowed in his/her video.
  • All persons depicted in submitted videos or photos must be 13 years of age or older as of the date of Entry for the Entry to be entered into the Contest. Entrant and all persons depicted in the video or photo must attest that he/she has read, understood and agreed to these Official Contest Rules.
  • Individual Entrant, not entering the contest as Group, must be able to provide a release form for each person appearing in his/her video or photo submission of his/her Entry. Sponsor must be able to contact each person appearing in the potential winner’s video or photo. Download the Appearance Release Form in the “Downloads”.
  • Limit of four (4) people in addition to entrant [five (5) people total] may be depicted in a video or photo submission.
  • Entries must not have been previously posted where it could have been viewable by the public.
  • Entrants can submit one entry per category whether as an individual or with a group of up to five (5) people.
  • A Group of up to five (5) people total is welcome to enter. Each Group must download the “Group” Entry Form(s) in the “Download” section. Each team member must be included on the downloaded Group Entry Form(s). A Group can submit entries online or via mail. If a Group submits their entry online, only one group member can submit the entry on behalf of the group. This group member will have to select the “Group” tab on the online entry form, and will then be prompted to upload the Group Entry Form(s), which will verify the four (4) additional Group member’s participation. Prizes will be split evenly among Group members.
  • Entries will be judged based upon category, originality, writing style, and quality of work.
  • Submissions with explicit images and/or profane language, nudity, and any form of discrimination are not eligible for entry and will automatically be disqualified.
  • The use of the Walgreens brand in the entry is strictly prohibited. Entries which feature and/or mention the Walgreens logo or brand in any form will be disqualified. See Official Contest Rules for complete details.


Official Rules

Entry Upload Formats

  • Essay or Poem submissions must not exceed 1,000 words in length
  • Art or Photo submissions must not exceed 1 GB and in one of the following formats: .jpg, .png, or .gif
  • Recorded Song or Rap submissions must be not exceed 1 GB and 180 seconds (3 minutes) in length and in the format of .mp3, .mov, .wmv, .avi.
  • Video submissions must not exceed 1 GB and 180 seconds (3 minutes) in length and in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi
Entry Form

Mail Submissions

  1. Mail entries to: Walgreens Expression Challenge, GoldStar Communications, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60611. Entry submitted via mail must include the General Contest Entry Form and the Group Entry Form. Entry Forms must be securely fixed to the Entry.
  2. Print entry Mailing Label from “Downloads” section for easy shipping.
  3. The Walgreens Expressions Challenge, Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries, and vendors are not responsible for the cost of shipping and/or postage for entries. Postage and shipping costs are the responsibility of the entrant.
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