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Annual Poster Contest Rules

Annual Poster Contest Rules 2017-11-28T08:53:33+00:00

It’s that time of year again! Get ready to submit your posters for the 11th Annual Statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest!

Rules and Entry Form:

National Poison Prevention Week is celebrated every third week in March.

  • Our next PPW will be March 18-24, 2018
  • Contest is open to Washington kids in grades 1-5 for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 3rd, 2018

Please use this entry form when submitting all posters.

  • Posters should be on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper
  • 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 create and glue-on unique cut-outs (for example, using green construction paper to create Mr. Yuk).
  • Do not use holiday themes


  • 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, Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
  • There is no designated theme, but you can build off an old theme/slogan:
    • Yuk Means No
    • Yuk Keeps Me Safe
    • Yuk to the Rescue.
    • Or create your own slogan that is short and to the point
  • 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
  • At this time, all posters must be submitted by an individual.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive…

  • Monetary award
  • A trip to Olympia with their families and Mr. Yuk to meet their local state legislators
  • Their poster will be transformed into a mini-poster used throughout the state for National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24, 2018

Mail Entries to:

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

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Umpqua Bank!

Have questions?  Email our Health Educator and Outreach Specialists.

For Teachers, we have a Teacher’s Guide with ideas for lesson plans for several age groups