• 16th Annual Poison Poster Contest

    January 12, 2022

    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?

    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.

    The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. All calls are confidential.

    OUR MISSION: To prevent and reduce harm from poisoning through expertise, collaboration, and education.