Is your pet a Superhero? Enter your cat, dog, ferret, rabbit-any animal-(no humans please) in our 2020 NIE Pet Calendar Contest Fundraiser! It’s easy, and all proceeds benefit the Newspapers in Education (NIE) program which provides no-cost online access for literacy projects in Northwest Arkansas Schools.

We are now looking for the TOP 12 pets in NWA to feature in our 21st Annual NIE Pet Calendar.

One pet out of the 12 will win Pet of the Year and will be featured in full color on the cover of the 2020 NIE Pet Calendar. All 12 winning pets receive a professional pet portrait session and are featured in the calendar.

Pet Supplies Plus is again donating a gift bag valued at over $100 to the winner of the 2020 NIE Pet Calendar.  We appreciate their continued support!

To Enter:

 Provide/Upload ONE clear, sharp, color photo of each entry.

  • Photos should be of Pets only! No people (or parts of people), please!
  • Photos may contain more than one pet. TIP: Entering 1 photo with all your pets is the best way to go
  • You may enter as many different pets as you wish. Just keep in mind that spreading votes among multiple entries decreases your chances of placing in the calendar. (Also, it is not a photo contest, so multiple pictures of the same pet will not increase your odds of making it into the calendar)
  • All photos must measure at least 4”x6” and no larger than 8”x10”. Digital photos must be at 300 dpi at 4”x6”. No Polaroid, copyrighted or professional photos are accepted.
  • All photos will become property of Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. NO PHOTOS WILL BE RETURNED.
  • It is required that each entry includes the following information: Your name, address, city, state, zip and email address, if you have one. Your day and evening phone numbers. Your pet’s photo indicating your pet’s name and breed on the back of photo.
  • There is an entry fee of $5.00 per photo submitted. Checks & credit cards (Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover) are accepted. We also accept Paypal!
  • Exotic pet owners are especially encouraged to enter. All pets are eligible.

 Enter Online:  

Enter by Mail:            Send photo, $5.00 entry fee & required information to

NIE Pet Calendar Contest, PO Box 1187, Fayetteville, AR 72702

Enter In Person:      Drop off photo, entry fee & required information at one of our NEWSPAPER office locations:

  • Northwest Arkansas Times – 212 N East Ave., Fayetteville
  • The Weekly Vista – 13026 N Highway 71, Bentonville (Next door to Hook Line & Sinker)

 DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: Wednesday, August 28th at 1:00pm

 Voting will begin Monday, August 12th

All entries will be featured online throughout the Contest.

*Pets owned by employees of Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette and their families are not eligible to compete.

For more information call
(479) 684-5523 or
send us a message

This contest is officially sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette