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642 Creative Challenge: Draw a Bagel with Lox or Write a 36 Hours Guide to Your Hometown

It’s time for the next challenge inspired by the 642 series (642 Things to Draw, 642 Things to Write About, and other sources of endless quirky inspiration), the ultimate set of books to help you get creative every single day. Here is your challenge:

DRAW a bagel with lox
WRITE travel piece for your hometown using the format of the popular travel column 36 Hours featured in The New York Times

We love to nosh on local specialties when we’re on the road, and when we’re in New York City, bagels are on our must-consume list. We want you to transport yourself to a Big Apple breakfast by drawing a bagel with lox. Share your illustration on Tumblr or Instagram for a chance to win a copy of the pocket-size 642 Things to Draw: New York642 Things to Draw, and a set of our Bright Ideas Neon Colored Pencils!

Or try the writing prompt from 642 Things to Write About Me. We’re ready for vacation—so we want you to pen a travel piece for your hometown using the format of The New York Times’ 36 Hours travel column, which offers a model itinerary for 36 hours in a particular place. Post your answer with the hashtag #642things for a chance to win 642 Things to Write About Me, 642 Things to Write About, and a set of graphite People Pencils.

Submit your entries on Tumblr or Instagram, and don’t forget to include the hashtag #642things and tag us at @chroniclebooks! Contest closes on July 31st at midnight. 

Here’s a little Big Apple bagel inspiration from our National Accounts Manager Genny McAuley.

642 Things to Draw NYC

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our last creative challenge—your Parisian lampposts were lovely. See below for our winning entry by @yourstruliejulie. She’ll receive a copy of 642 Things to Draw: Paris642 Things to Draw, and a set of our Bright Ideas Colored Pencils

642 lamppost winning entry

Psst: Did you know 642 is on Tumblr? We highlight our favorite pieces of content inspired by the series and would love to feature you! Tag us and use the hashtag #642things, or use the handy submit feature on Tumblr. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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