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NCDA Poetry and Art Contest

The contest theme is

“The Future of Work: The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Automation”

The South Carolina Career Development Association (SCCDA)  will be coordinating the South Carolina Poetry and Art Contest. Check out submission guidelines, deadlines, and our FAQ below. Contact Kymmie Cartledge at kcartledge@lexington1.net if you have any additional questions. Students, please ask a trusted adult to assist you with sending an email. Your district may have outside email addresses restricted. 

View Winners from the Previous Contest

Contest Brochure

Entry Form and Submissions Guidelines

Poetic Form: Acceptable poetic forms, e.g. cinquain, free verse, diamante, haiku, limerick, metered, rhyming, blank verse. 

Submit each poem on a single sheet of paper 8.5″ x 11″ in 12 point font. 

Art Category 1 (C1): Standard use of ink, pencil, poster paints, magic marker, acrylics, and oils. Each poster must be created in 8.5″ x 11″ format, including matte, to be eligible.

Art Category 2 (C2): Use of photos, clipart, graphic art software, collage, cut and pasted paper, and mixed media. Each poster must be created in 8.5″ x 11″ format, including matte, to be eligible.

Submissions should be uploaded to 

Art 1: https://forms.gle/JQJ85hKGhE987yLp8

Art 2: https://forms.gle/pSeQE4o5VjGWofCbA

Poetry: https://forms.gle/Q9rXzg13qjav6ZGA7

There are no mail in submissions this year. For security, you must be logged into a Google account to submit. 


School Entry Deadline: December 20th, 2021

State Winners will be submitted to the National Contest by February 20, 2022 by SCCDA

*Please do not send submissions directly to the NCDA contest*

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many entries can I submit as a school/building coordinator from my school? 

Due to the volume of entries, a maximum of three (3) submissions per category (poetry, art 1, art 2)  for each age division will be allowed.

May I mail in submissions?

No. Only electronic submissions uploaded to the submission forms will be considered. Email kcartledge@lexingtion1.net if you need assistance.

What are the contest divisions?

Primary Grades K - 2

Intermediate Grades 3 - 5

Middle Grades 6 - 8

Senior Grades 9 - 12

Adult Student 18 and older enrolled in school

Open Adult 18 and older (teachers, parents, professionals, etc.)

I missed the deadline, can I still submit my entry?

Due to the tight deadlines, late submissions will not be considered. 

How can my submission be disqualified? 

Submissions without a completed and signed official entry form.

Submissions that are not the correct dimensions 8.5” by 11”.

Submissions that are not original and violate copyright.

More than the allotted number of submissions are submitted from a school/district/region. 

Are there prizes? 

Yes! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the categories for the state contest will receive a gift card. 

SCCDA is not responsible for school prizes.

When will state winners be announced? 

State winners will be announced during the first week of March 2022. 

If I am a state winner, when will the national winners be announced?

 The National Career Development Association will announce winners May of 2022

I sent an email to kcartledge@lexington1.net and I did not receive a response.

 The email is checked multiple times daily and correspondence is made as soon as we view the email. If you did not receive a response, check your spam. Also if you are a student using your school email address, some districts restrict outside emails. Ask a trusted adult to assist you with sending an email. 

If I am an individual, how do I submit

Your submissions should be uploaded to the submission form by December 20th, 2021



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