Kids’ Poetry Contest deadline extended

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As our blog readers know, this year the DC State Fair is thrilled to offer two contests just for kids. And now the Kids’ Poetry Contest deadline has been extended to Friday, September 7! Yes, DC kids from Kindergarten to junior high age have an extra week to enter a poem (or create a brand new one) on the theme of vegetables or gardens.

Want to enter this or the Kids’ Art Contest with the theme “My Neighborhood”? Keep reading!

Kids’ Poetry Contest

The DC State Fair is proud to host the 2012 Kids’ Poetry Contest in partnership with Kid Power DC ( Thanks to Writopia Lab DC ( for their help with the contest.

All kids who live in the city of Washington, DC and are entering kindergarten through 10th grade are eligible to enter. Read the guidelines below and then fill out the entry form.

2012 Kids’ Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems can be up to 20 lines, in any style.

Theme: Vegetables or gardens. The poem does not have to completely focus on these topics. Be creative!

Judges will choose winners from five different age groups (based on the grade the writer will enter in fall 2012).

How to submit (your choice!):

A) Electronic submissions (preferred method) — Cut and paste your poem into the entry form at OR

B) Mail submissions — Send your typed or neatly hand-written poem to:

Kid Power DC, Inc.
Attn: Poetry Contest
755 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

[UPDATED!] Deadline to fill out the form or postmark your entry: Friday, September 7, 2012, at 4 PM

Winners will win prizes and the chance to have their poems published on the DC State Fair and Kid Power DC websites. Winning writers will also be invited to read their work at the DC State Fair on Saturday, September 22.

DC State Fair Kids’ Art Contest

DC State Fair is proud to host the 2012 Kids Art Contest in partnership with Kid Power DC (

All kids who live in the city of Washington DC and are entering kindergarten through 9th grade are eligible to enter. The artwork should include dried beans and found objects. (No need to buy any special art supplies!)

So pick up a bag of black-eyed peas and a used penny–or any other beans and found objects–and start creating.

2012 Kids Art Contest Guidelines

Theme: “My Neighborhood”

Art must include found objects (for example, coins or a twist tie) and dried beans (for example, black-eyed peas or kidney beans) to qualify. Feel free to use any additional materials you would like.

Art can be 2 or 3 dimensional.

Contest winners will be judged on:

Creativity (30%)
Originality (30%)
Relevance to theme: “My Neighborhood” (30%)
Use of found objects and Legumes (10%)

All entries must be submitted at the Fair on Saturday, September 22, 2012 (drop-off and judging time to be determined). Be sure to sign up for the State of the Fair Newsletter, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog to find out details about this fall’s Fair!

There will be a prize for each age group and the winners will be displayed on the Kid Power DC and DC State Fair websites. All entries must be picked up by the close of the State Fair if the artist wishes to keep them.

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