Each year as part of CCEW, ACS sponsors an illustrated poem contest for K-12 students in the US. Please read below for the rules, deadlines, and submission information, and check out the winning poems for 2023 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.
Congratulations to the 2023 Illustrated Poem Contest Winners!
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, and Blank verse.
Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the yearly theme (The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae), 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. Physical drawings may be scanned or captured via camera and submitted to the online form. Illustrations may be created using crayons, watercolors, other types of paint, colored pencils, or markers.
The illustration may also be electronically created by using a digital painting and drawing app on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. If the illustration is created using a digital painting or drawing app, the name of the program must be included on the entry form.
Use of AI in any form (i.e. written or pictorial) is strictly prohibited.
The text of the poem should be easy to read and may be typed before the hand-drawn or digital 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.
No clipart or unoriginal images can be used.
Only one entry per student will be accepted.
Students must be sponsored by a school or another sponsoring group (e.g. Homeschool Association, Boys and Girls Club, Scout Troop, 4-H, etc.).
K-12 students are asked to submit their illustrated poems directly to the coordinators of their local contests. To contact your local coordinator, visit www.ccedlookup.acs.org.
All poem submissions will first be judged at the local level in order to be considered for the national contest. The local first-place winners will advance to the national contest, which will be submitted by local coordinators. Only official CCEW Coordinators (or Local Section Chairs) may submit local winners to the national contest in a faithful digital format via the CCEW Local Section Contest Winners Submission Form.
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