Illustrated Poem Contest “Energy: Now and Forever!”

As part of National Chemistry Week (NCW) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest. Participating ACS Local Sections welcome area Kindergarten - 12th grade students to compete.


Local winners advance to the national contest for a chance to win cash prizes. ACS will award $300 to first-place and $150 to second-place National Contest winners in each grade category!

General Contest Rules:

All poems must be no more than 40 words, and in one of the following styles to be considered:

  • Haiku
  • Limerick
  • Ode
  • ABC poem
  • Free verse
  • End rhyme
  • Blank verse

Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the NCW theme (“Energy: Now and Forever!”), word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.

All entries must be original works without aid from others. Each poem must be submitted and illustrated on an unlined sheet of paper (of any type) not larger than 11” x 14”. The illustration must be created by hand using crayons, watercolors, other types of paint, colored pencils, or markers. The text of the poem should be easy to read and may be printed with a computer, before the hand-drawn illustration is added, or the poem may be written on lined paper which is cut out and pasted onto the unlined paper with the illustration.

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

All illustrated poems and/or digital representations of the poems become the property of the American Chemical Society.

Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ names, likenesses, and entries for editorial, advertising, and publicity purposes.

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