Enter the 8th Annual Competition at the Library Arts Center

New Hampshire’s Original Peeps Competition!

Enter the 2019 Peeps Diorama Contest at the Library Arts Center in Newport, NH

The 8th Annual – New Hampshire’s Original Peeps Competition!

Come one, come all!  We want YOU to be part of the Peeps Diorama Contest–a fun, springtime tradition!  The Library Arts Center is pleased to host this light-hearted, creative contest using the iconic Easter Candies: PEEPS! to Newport and surrounding communities once again in 2019.  Community members of all ages, businesses, school classrooms, groups & organizations are all encouraged to enter.

See a full list of last year’s WINNERS HERE.

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To ENTER THE CONTEST:One of the winners in the Adult Category in 2013: "The Sinking of the MV Peep-sarge" by Jill Montgomery, Sunapee, NH -- Photo: Amanda Perkins Photography

No Entry Fee – FREE & Open to All

Diorama Drop-off: Submissions may be dropped off to the Library Arts Center gallery Apr. 13-18 during regular gallery hours:  Tu-Fri. 11am-4pm & Sat.  10am-2pm.  A completed entry form (download below) should accompany your submission.

Entry Deadline: Thurs. Apr. 18th at 4:00pm

Diorama Dimensions/Size Limit:  While there are no specific criteria for minimum or maximum diorama dimensions, please keep your diorama the size of a shoe box or boot box to ensure that we will be able to accommodate the maximum number of entries.

"The Peep's Basilica" by Thomas Kelley of Newport, NH was a crowd favorite during the 2013 competition. Photo: Amanda Perkins Photography


Do a web search for “Peeps Diorama” on your favorite search engine for a multitude of ideas, or scroll through the many creative dioramas from the Library Arts Center’s contest from past years HERE.  Take cues from history, current events, pop culture, politics, trends, art & more!  We particularly enjoy entries that have a creative play on the word “peep”.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria a) a creative & original concept  b) creative use of and/or manipulation of peeps  c) artful design

On the official entry form you will be asked to provide the following:An incredible artist... "Peeperace" Photo: Amanda Perkins Photography

a. Your name, age (if under 18) and hometown

b. The names and hometowns of anybody else who contributed to the diorama

c. A phone number and e-mail address

d. The title of your diorama and a phrase or sentence about its significance.

e.  Anyone age 18 & under will be able to enter with parental permission.


FREE & OPEN TO ALL!  Fri. Apr. 19th, 5:00-6:30pm

  • Winners Announced!
  • Prizes!  1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as “Best in PEEPS!”
  • Peeps S’more Roast in the Parking Lot (*weather permitting)
  • Peeps-themed refreshments
  • Vote for YOUR favorite diorama for hte “Peep-les Choice Award

Dioramas on Display:  Sat. Apr. 20-Thurs. Apr. 25, 2019, during regular gallery hours:  Tu-Fri. 11am-4pm & Sat.  10am-2pm

**All contest entries not picked-up / claimed after the show closes, by April 27, 2019 will become the property of the Library Arts Center, and will be subject to recycling/disposal.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by calling 603.863.3040, or emailing

Click the link for the PEEPS Diorama Contest ENTRY FORM 2019

Peeps Diorama

PEEPS Diorama Open Studio for Families - FREE

Tues. Apr. 9th | 5:30-7:30pm during Family Art Night in the Studio
or Wed. Apr. 10th | 3:00-4:30pm during Creative Families Drop-in at 15 Main St. (next to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust)
The whole family is welcome to come and work together to create an entry for the famed Peeps Diorama Contest! All materials from Peeps candies to shoe boxes to googley eyes and glue guns will be supplied. Feel free to bring your own small box if you have one, or any specific supplies you need if you have a diorama in mind to create. Have fun with the whole family in this friendly studio classroom environment and leave with your own Peeps Diorama to enter in the Arts Center’s annual contest. Free + open to all.

This drop-in Open Studio is a partnership between the Library Arts Center and SAU 43.