Credit: Kate Ter Haar/FLICKR

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Calling all lovers of craft projects, glue guns, and sugar-coated marshmallow confections! Washington City Paper’s Peeps Diorama Contest is coming back this April and we want to see your work.

Since rescuing the contest from an untimely death in 2017, we’ve seen dioramas dedicated to Instagram-famous Hirshhorn exhibits, wildly popular bars, and Oscar-nominated films. Wow us with your skills and try to make us laugh—we need some levity in these dark times!

This year’s contest will work the same way it has in years past.

First, make a diorama using Peeps. Keep the base measurements to 22 inches by 28 inches, roughly the size of a sheet of poster board.

Then, take a photo of it.

You’ll upload a JPEG image of your diorama, not to exceed 10 MB in size, to the Google Form at this link and also provide us with a few pieces of relevant information, like the name of your piece, your name, where you live, and your contact information. Submissions are due Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


A panel of esteemed judges (also known as the Washington City Paper staff) will review the submissions and pick finalists, who will be invited to display their dioramas and have them photographed for publication in City Paper.

Then we’re turning it over to you, dear readers. We’ll ask you to vote for your favorite finalists online, and the diorama with the most votes will appear on the cover of City Paper’s April 18th issue. Its creator will receive unlimited bragging rights, as well as a City Paper prize package. Photos of the other finalist dioramas will appear inside City Paper.

Solid State Books on H Street NE will display the Peeps dioramas for all to see.

If you need inspiration, take a look at our previouswinners online. Good luck!

A few rules:

– Do not submit dioramas you’ve submitted to any other Peeps contest.

– People domiciled with or related to City Paper staff members are not eligible to enter this contest.

You must be able to drop off your diorama at City Paper‘s office in downtown D.C.

Photo by Flickr user Kate Ter Haar, used under a CC BY 2.0 license.