Poetry Contest: Spring 2023

The New Haven Local Section of the American Chemical Society(ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Write and illustrate a poem using the CCEW theme, “The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae.”

Your poem must be no more than 40 words and in the following styles to be considered:

Contest Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2023, 8 pm

Send submissions to sbmitchell2@gmail.com with poem and THIS FORM

Prizes: Awarded for winner of K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Contact: Sally Mitchell, Scan poem and entry form, sent to: sbmitchell2@gmail.com
Winners of the New Haven Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes.

Possible topics related to the theme include:
• Seaweed
• Micro- or macro- algae
• Photosynthesis
• Bioluminescent algae
• Algae as food & habitat for animals
• Consumer products from algae
• Oxygen from algae
• Biofuels from algae

Entries will be judged based upon:

• Artistic Merit – use of color, quality of drawing, design, and layout
• Poem Message – fun, motivational, inspiring about yearly theme
• Originality Creativity – unique, clever and/or creative design
• Neatness – free of spelling and grammatical errors

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, and Blank verse.
• Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation
of the CCEW 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.
Poems may be submitted by hand on an unlined sheet of paper
not larger than 11” by 14” or scanned and sent via email.
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.
• 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; all entries must
include an entry form.
• If the illustration is created using a digital painting or drawing
app, the name of the program must be included on the entry
• Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ first
name and last initial, along with the name of the ACS Local
Section, on the ACS web pages and in the magazine,
Chemical & Engineering News