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Annual Poster Contest

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It’s that time of year again… Get ready to submit your posters for the 14th Annual Statewide 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 is Always Here to Help.”

Entry Form:

Contest Schedule:

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019: Poster Contest Launches
  • Friday, January 31, 2020: Last Day to Submit Posters
  • Friday, March 6, 2020: Poster Contest Winner Announced

One Grand Prize Winner will receive…

  • A special school visit from Mr. Yuk, to present the winner with the Mr. Yuk Award of Excellence.
  • A visit with the winner’s local state representatives in Olympia during National Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, 2020. The winner and three guests will have the opportunity to ride with Mr. Yuk in his one-of-a-kind Yuk Mobile.
  • The winner’s poster will be transformed into a mini-poster used throughout the state during National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, 2020.
  • Year-long recognition as the winner of the Washington Poison Center’s 2020 Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

2020 Poison Prevention Poster Contest Rules:

  • Eligible students are in grades Kindergarten through 6th at public or private schools in Washington State.
  • One entry per student. Team submissions will not be judged.
  • Artwork is to be created in an 8.5″ x 11″ size, in either horizontal or vertical format. The winning poster will be reduced in size, so be sure poster artwork and any text is clear.
  • Poster designs, drawings, and details should be unique and fully created by the artist.
  • Please do not use Mr. Yuk stickers (a drawing of Mr. Yuk is okay) or computer generated photos or images.
  • It is okay to used mixed media or unique hand created cut-outs (for example, using green construction paper to create Mr. Yuk).
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign the Entry Form Release.
  • Submissions by hard-copy only. Email submissions will not be judged. Mail submissions to:
  • Washington Poison Center
    Attn: Poster Contest
    NE 100th St, Suite 100
    Seattle, WA 98125
  • Entries will be accepted from December 5, 2019 to January 31, 2020.


  • Use bright, bold, and contrasting colors.
  • You may use any media (marker, crayon, oil pastels), but generally felt-tip markers show up best and are highly recommended.
  • Make sure to use correct spelling! Commonly misspelled words include: Mr. Yuk, alcohol, poison, health, liquid, medicine, safety, & caution.
  • Illustrate how is Mr. Yuk always here to help:
    • Mr. Yuk is always available to help, 24/7/365 by calling: 1 (800) 222-1222.
    • Mr. Yuk is our friend.
    • Mr. Yuk keeps us safe.
    • Mr. Yuk teaches us how to LOOK: lock it up, out of reach, out of sight, keep safe.
    • Mr. Yuk and his team save lives.
  • Use big letters and keep drawings simple.
  • Posters are judged based on: originality, design, neatness, artwork, incorporation of Mr. Yuk, and overall poison prevention message.

Mail Entries to:

  • Washington Poison Center
    Attn: Poster Contest
    NE 100th St, Suite 100
    Seattle, WA 98125

For Teachers, we have a Curriculum Guide with ideas for lesson plans for several age groups. Curriculum may be supported with a Yuk Box, which includes materials that visually demonstrate harmful look-a-like substances and other poison risks. To find a Yuk Box for check out near you, visit:

Have questions?  Email mryuk@wapc.org.