CCED Illustrated Poem Contest

As part of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an Illustrated Poem Contest for K-12 students. Participating ACS Local Sections invite area K-12 students to compete.

National Poem Contest Guidelines

All illustrated poems must first be judged at the local level in order to be considered for the national contest. Coordinators should carry out contests and judge the entries within their local sections. These local winners can then be advanced to the national contest.


Deadlines for local section contests vary, so contact your nearest CCED Coordinator for local contest deadlines. If no coordinator exists in your zip code, please contact

Important Note: All poem entries must be submitted to your nearest local section poem contest.

A sample flyer and entry form is provided for local promotion. 

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 CCED theme, 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 entries must include an entry form.

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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Congratulations to the 2016 poem contest winners!

2nd place 2016 poem contest winner
Tommy Palotas, 2nd Place Winner
St. Luke School, Erie Local Section

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