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
Entries are judged based upon relevance to
and incorporation of the yearly theme (Sticking with
Chemistry), word choice and imagery, colorful artwork,
adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and
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
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 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.