People of D.C., it’s time to gather your glue guns, poster board, and animal-shaped, sugar-coated marshmallows. Washington City Paper‘s Peeps Diorama Contest is back. 

We saved it from the brink of destruction last year, when the Washington Post decided that a decade of Peeps fun was as much as they could handle, and were so thrilled with the results that we’re bringing it back just in time for Easter. (Don’t be fooled by any imitation contests that may or may not be organized by other websites.)

The set-up of this year’s contest is the same as last year’s.

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 Monday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


A panel of esteemed judges (also known as the Washington City Paper editorial staff) will review the submissions and pick 10 finalists, who will be invited to display their dioramas and have them photographed at a D.C. location to be announced at a later date. From the 10 finalists, we’ll select an overall winner. That diorama will be featured on the cover of the March 22 issue of City Paper and its creator will receive unlimited bragging rights, as well as a City Paper prize package. Photos of the other nine finalist dioramas will appear inside City Paper.

If you need inspiration, take a look at last year’s winners online. And if you want a hint for what the judges might find appealing, remember that Washington City Paper loves local news and puns, be they clever or truly terrible.

A few rules:

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

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