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Annual Poster Contest Rules

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Annual Poster Contest Rules 2022-01-19T14:07:17-08:00


It’s that time of year again… Get ready to submit your posters for the 16th Annual Poison Prevention Poster Contest! The poster contest is open to all Washington students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. This year’s theme is: “Mr. Yuk Helps Everyone!”

Contest Schedule:

  • Monday, January 10, 2022: Poster Contest Launches
  • Friday, February 11, 2022: Last Day to Submit Entries
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Winner Announced

The winner will receive…

  • A Kindle
  • A party for their classroom, with a special visit from the one and only Mr. Yuk
  • A visit with the winner’s local state representatives
  • Artwork included in a poster and media packages for organizations across Washington state


Read up on the rules

  • Entries need to clearly demonstrate the theme: Mr. Yuk Helps Everyone!
    • The theme needs to be clearly written on the poster
  • Include a full range of potential poisons, such as chemicals, cleaning products, plants, and medications
  • Have the Poison Helpline number (1-800-222-1222) clearly written/otherwise visible on the poster
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign the Entry Form
  • You may submit only one poster entry
  • Artwork can be in a horizontal or vertical format, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper
    • The winning poster will be reduced in size, so the artwork and text need to be clear
  • Computer-generated artwork will not be accepted
  • Team submissions will not be judged

Create your masterpiece!

  • Artwork using bright, bold colors is strongly preferred (such as markers). Mixed media and unique hand-created cut-outs are allowed
  • Visit our website for information on different types of potential “poisons”
  • How does Mr. Yuk help everyone?
    • Mr. Yuk is for all ages
      • Poisonings can happen at any age, especially with medicines, cleaning products, insect bites/stings, and plants
      • Mr. Yuk helps kids know that they shouldn’t touch the product or substance he is placed on. If kids see a product with a Mr. Yuk sticker, they know to never touch it without asking an adult first.
      • Adults can also use Mr. Yuk stickers to quickly know if a product or substance could be harmful
      • Plus, Mr. Yuk is a great reminder for adults to LOOK (Lock it up, Out of sight, Out of Reach, Keep safe)
    • Mr. Yuk helps people who speak different languages
      • The Poison Helpline number on Mr. Yuk (1-800-222-1222) provides help in over 260 languages
    • Mr. Yuk reminds you that it doesn’t have to be an emergency to call the Poison Helpline. You can call and ask questions, too!
    • Read about Mr. Yuk’s history here
    • Explore our poison safety activities to learn more

Submit your entry

  • A parent or legal guardian needs to complete the entry form, linked here
  • Mail the poster and entry form to:

Washington Poison Center
155 NE 100th St., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98125

  • Emailed submissions will not be judged
  • Teachers may submit a packet of posters from their classroom, provided each poster has an entry form with a signed release (by a parent or guardian) attached
  • Posters must be mailed by Friday, February 11

 Wait for the winner to be announced!

  • The Washington Poison Center will call the parent/guardian of the winner on March 1 (via the phone number listed on the entry form)
  • The winner will also be announced on the Washington Poison Center’s Facebook page and in a press release

Resources for schools:

Have questions?  Email mryuk@wapc.org.