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Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the Coastal Art & Poetry Contest, presented by the California Coastal Commission.


Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2019 to be eligible for the upcoming contest. For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), visit our website You can also download a contest flyer in English or Spanish.


Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to an art supply store (for artists, courtesy of Blick Art Materials) or book store (for poets). Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists . All winners, winners’ teachers, and honorable mentions will receive tickets to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium, and Seymour Marine Discovery Center, courtesy of the Discovery Center. Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials, and winners and honorable mentions will be exhibited throughout the state.