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2023 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest

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The Southwest Georgia Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Contest Deadline: Friday October 20, 2023

Prizes: $50 in each category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades)

Contact: Dr. Linda de la Garza,

Winners of the Southwest Georgia 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! ACS will award $300 to first place and $150 to second-place national contest winners in each grade category.

Write and illustrate a poem using the NCW theme Medicinal Chemistry:  “The Healing Power of Chemistry.”
Your poem must be no more than 40 words and in the following styles to be considered:


Possible topics related to the theme include: vaccines, antibiotics, antibodies, bandages, medications, pathogens.

More information at our Facebook page: Science Saturday Chemistry at VSU

Detailed rules in attachment below!


Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the yearly topic (the 2023 theme is Medicinal Chemistry: The Healing Power of Chemistry), the word choice and the 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 digitally. 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.
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 community group (e.g., Homeschool Association, Boys and Girls Club, Scout Troop, 4-H, etc.).
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.
Submit your drawing with a completed entry form.

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