Entry Guidelines for the 2009 Peeps Diorama Contest

The second annual Sunday Source Peeps Diorama Contest drew more than 800 sugar-filled entries from our readers. Here, the 37 best creations.
Sunday, March 1, 2009

The wait is over. It's Peeps season again. Welcome to our third annual Peeps Diorama Contest.

We want you to make a diorama of a famous occurrence or scene or concept. It can be a historic, current or future event. It can be a nod to pop culture. It can be an evocation of an idea or abstraction. The one rule is that all the characters in the diorama must be played by Peeps, those marshmallowy chicks and rabbits plaguing checkout lines in every convenience store this season.

The process:

1. Think of a scene. Sketch some ideas. Possible extra credit is given to those who deftly employ puns in their diorama concept or title.

2. Buy the appropriate number of Peeps. They can be found at your local convenience store, or raining from the sky at sunset as the snows of winter begin to melt.

3. Make your diorama using a shoebox or comparable item of reasonable size. To be eligible for finalist standing, the diorama must be transportable to our office by one person. Embrace the mallow medium.

4. Take photos of your completed diorama from several angles. Send no more than two of your best photos as high-resolution JPEG attachments (do not embed them in the e-mail) to peeps@washpost.com. Put "Peeps" in the subject line or risk being ignored as spam. Within the text of the e-mail, include your name, daytime phone number, town, the title of the diorama and any necessary information about its significance or creation. You may create and submit multiple dioramas.

5. Photo submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. March 15, but keep your masterpieces intact. In the ensuing weeks, we'll pick five finalists and send a courier to pick up those dioramas to be photographed professionally and judged in person. We will run photos of our semifinalists and winners on Easter Sunday, April 12.

6. The grand prize winner -- as voted by Style staffers -- will receive a $100 AmEx gift card and eternal bragging rights. Four runners-up will receive $50 each.

7. For inspiration, visit last year's online gallery at www.washingtonpost.com/peeps, which features 37 semifinalists from the 800 submissions we received last year. (Examples include "Full Sugar Coating," a violent, Peep-smeared re-creation of a scene from Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket.")

8. Contest is open to anyone in the United States but the five finalists must be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia. Contestants must be 13 years of age or older to enter. If you are under 13 please have a parent, guardian or teacher submit your entry. No purchase necessary. Employees of The Washington Post or their immediate families are not eligible to enter. For complete contest rules, visit www.washingtonpost.com/postcontests.

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