Sunday, February 14, 2010;
Our first-ever Peeps Diorama Contest in April 2007 stunned the hearts and minds of our newsroom -- and our nation. And now, it's that time again. This serves as the first callout for our fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest. We want you to make a diorama of a famous occurrence or scene. It can be a historic, current or future event, or it can be a nod to pop culture. The one rule is that the characters in the diorama must be played by Peeps.
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. 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. Melt, mold and manipulate those fluffy chicks and bunnies to bring your creative vision to life. If you don't know how to make a diorama, Google "how to make a diorama."
3. Take photos of your completed diorama from several angles. Send no more than two photos as high-resolution JPEG attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, place of residence, the title of the diorama and any necessary information about its significance or creation.
4. Photo submissions are due by Monday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m., but keep your masterpieces intact after submission. In the ensuing weeks, the Washington Post Magazine staff will pick five finalists based on originality of concept and skill in execution; those dioramas will be retrieved via courier and judged in person to determine the winner. The Magazine staff will also select a number of semifinalists; those dioramas will be displayed in our online gallery. Photos of our semifinalists and finalists will run on Easter Sunday, April 4. Original dioramas must be made available to be photographed and/or displayed at The Post.
5. The grand prize winner will receive a two-night stay at the Gaylord National Resort and a Peeps prize pack courtesy of Just Born, the company that owns the Peeps brand, estimated retail value $800. Four runner-up winners will receive a Peeps prize pack, estimated retail value $150.
6. The fine print: Anyone in the United States is eligible to submit photos of his or her diorama, 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 younger than 13, please have a parent, guardian or teacher submit your entry. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. Employees of The Washington Post or their immediate families are not eligible to enter. For information about prizes and complete rules, see www.washingtonpost.com/postfun.