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December 23, 2012

Entries need to be Submitted By January 31, 2013

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The California Coastal Commission invites California students in Kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

All California residents in Kindergarten through 12th grades are invited to participate. There are five categories for awards in both art and poetry: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grade.
  • Download the Form HERE in English and in Spanish HERE
  • Download a Flyer on the contest HERE
Entries must have a California coastal or California marine theme (e.g. no tropical or Arctic settings or species -- for help with California species, click here.) Poems and artwork must be student's original work. If using a photo model taken by someone else, image must be significantly altered to avoid plagiarism.

Art should be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Acceptable art media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), and collage. Three-dimensional pieces, computer printouts, photography, or photocopies are not eligible in this contest. All entries must include a completed contest Entry Form.

Winners will be selected in each of five grade-level categories (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th) in both art and poetry to receive a gift certificate for $100 to an art supply store (for winners in art) or book store (for winners in poetry). Winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium. Each sponsoring teacher will receive a gift certificate for $50 for educational materials from Acorn Naturalists.

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013.

Review and complete the Guidelines and Entry Form and submit it with your art or poetry to:

California Coastal Commission 
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000 
San Francisco, CA 94105 
Students may have their work featured in California Coastal Commission materials and webpages. Students may enter multiple pieces. Artwork will only be returned if it is submitted with adequate postage and an address label for reuse of your original packaging (preferred) or a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the correct size.

Entries that do not include these items at the time of submittal can not be returned. Poetry will not be returned. Winners and honorable mentions may be retained by the Commission for approximately one year for public exhibit.

For more information please visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/poster/poster.html