Statewide Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest

Dear Fifth/Sixth Grade Educators,

We invite your students to participate in the annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. The theme of the 2022 event is Get Energized About Slowing Down Climate Change! focusing on understanding energy use, the power grid, clean energy alternatives, and how we can change our energy habits to help slow the effects of climate change. 

We believe that the creation of posters and written works gives your students an opportunity to express and share, on a deeper and more personal level, what they have learned. The student exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues.

The top twelve entries will be displayed on the Illinois EPA website providing recognition for the winning entries as well as promoting the program. Each participating student whose work meets the guidelines and requirements will receive a certificate. Finalists will receive a certificate, a ribbon, and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Springfield (subject to change based on CDC guidelines and restrictions).

To participate in the poster and poetry/prose contest, you will need the participation packet, which contains the rules and necessary forms. Please read the timetable below and note important dates and deadlines.

Contest Materials:

Participation Packet - A signature is required on the release form - please download and ensure all fields are filled out. 

Contest Rubric

Exhibit timetable is as follows:

January 2022
Educators incorporate the Environmental Pathways: How Does a Bulb Light? unit into their classroom curricula (available free online at: Students learn about energy, electricity use, and power sources and how they relate to climate change.

January 18 - 21
Students create posters or written works relating to the theme focus: Get Energized About Slowing Down Climate Change!

January 24 - 28
If teachers wish, they can display posters and poems/prose virtually within their schools. Students and faculty vote to select four posters and four written entries to submit to the Illinois EPA for further judging.

February 1
Teachers submit up to eight entries (along with ID and release form) to the Illinois EPA for judging. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by February 1, 2022.

February 22-25

April 23, 2022 *Cancelled
Potential Awards Ceremony held in Springfield

Informational resources can be found on the following web sites:

All entries become the property of the Illinois EPA. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Morris.

Other Environmental Education Resources

Environmental Pathways