Last week, the Grim Peeper tried to slay the Peeps diorama contest beloved by newspaper readers across the country.
The Washington Post, which popularized the concept (but didn’t invent it—that would be the St. Paul Pioneer Press), announced that 10 years of dioramas had been enough.
The Post blamed a decline in submissions and readership. Wake up, sheepeeple: The Peeps diorama contest needed to go because Post owner Jeff Bezos didn’t want this unprofitable source of delight to compete with entertainment options like Amazon’s original programming, Fire TV Stick, Echo home companion, and so on.
At City Paper, we couldn’t fathom a spring without Peeps dioramas. Many of our readers are craft-loving weirdos. We are unabashed promoters of puns, a fixture of past Peeps dioramas. So we’re taking the mantle this year, partnering with National Harbor to make it happen.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Make a diorama with Peeps.
2. Take a photo and submit it to woobox.com/knsexw by Monday, April 3, at 11:59 p.m. EST. A link to the rules is posted there.
Based on the photo submissions, City Paper will choose six finalists. The finalists need to be brought to National Harbor by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 to be displayed as part of National Harbor’s Peeps Day events. The die-hard Peeps fans attending the day’s events will select a Peeps Choice winner from among the finalists. City Paper will choose the grand prize winner, to be announced in—and featured on the cover of—our April 14 issue.
The grand prize winner gets $500 in gift cards to National Harbor restaurants and stores. Second-place gets $300 in gift cards, and third-place gets $100 in gift cards. All six finalists will be featured in City Paper.
Only residents of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are eligible to win, but others are welcome to submit and City Paper may publish photos as honorable mentions. If you’re under 13 years old, an adult or a teen needs to submit on your behalf, but you’ll still get credit if you win.