2018 CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest

Dive into Marine Chemistry Entry Form

To all the artist, lyricists, and rhymesters the Midland Local Sections of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade students.

The goal:

Write and illustrate a poem using CCEW theme: “Dive into Marine Chemistry” Your poem must be no more than 40 words in the following styles to be considers:

ABC poem
Free Verse
End Rhyme
Blank Verse


Possible topics to related to marine chemistry include:

Alginate             Coral                Bioluminescence             Brine
Salinity              Seaweed            Thermal Vents               Oil Spill


Entries will be judged based upon:

Artistic Merit-Use of color, quality of drawing, design & 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 Deadline: April 14, 2018: bring your school’s entries to the Community Room at Grace A. Dow Library in Midland (or make other arrangements with contact below). Top entries in each category will be displayed at the Midland Center for the Arts on 4/21

Here are your rules:

  • Poems must conform to a particular style. No poem may be longer than 40 words.
  • The topic of the poem and the illustration must be related to the yearly CCEW theme.
  • 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 enter 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.

Good luck! Let the odds forever be in your favor!