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April 1, 2013

11:01
A.M.

All about the Peeps: Everything you wanted to know about the 2013 Peeps Diorama Contest

Total Responses: 21

About the hosts

About the host

Host: Katherine Boyle

Katherine Boyle

Katherine Boyle is a reporter for The Washington Post and helped manage this year's Peeps Diorama Contest.

About the topic

Our annual Peeps Diorama Contest has become a survey of all that touches and taunts our collective consciousness, an anthology of absurd, artistic triumphs displayed through malleable marshmallow rabbits and chicks.

Want the inside scoop on what Peeps topics were trending this year or what made judges laugh out loud (and roll their eyes)? Join Katherine Boyle for a live online chat about this year's contest.

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Kudos to all those who submitted entries!

Just wanted to say that I always thoroughly enjoy the entries each year. The imagination, talent, and hard work that goes into every susbmission (that we get to see) are truly entertaining. I have no skills in art-related areas so I really appreciate what others can do.

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Katherine Boyle :

We really enjoy it too. What's more amazing is that they get better year after year.

– April 01, 2013 10:58 AM
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Any complaints about

Osama Peep Laden in a body bag?

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Katherine Boyle :

You know, we haven't received complaints. There were some fears that the scene from "Zero Dark Thirty" would be a little unnerving for some younger viewers, but the scene was tasteful and beautifully executed.

– April 01, 2013 11:12 AM
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Has anyone ever admitted to...

Plotting and planning months or years in advance?
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Katherine Boyle :

All the time. Actually, most of our repeat winners say they plan for this all year. The makers of the winner "Twinkie: Rest in Peace" say they plan months in advance and have multiple brainstorming sessions.

– April 01, 2013 11:13 AM
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Exhibiting this year's dioramas

Are there any plans to exhibit this year's dioramas for the public? If so, will it include the semi-finalists or just the top five?
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Katherine Boyle :

Yes, the top five finalists are being displayed right now in the front window of The Washington Post building.  They'll be there until May 1st.

– April 01, 2013 11:14 AM
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You gotta be there

I love this, too, but I live in LA so can never see them live. Every year, and this one is nno exception, I strongly favor some of the runners-up and some that didn't make the cut. What you consider clever, I consdier dumb. And probably vice versa. Even your excellent photographs can't show the attention to detail and other workl that went into the displays. Maybe next year my choice will prevail!
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Katherine Boyle :

You've pointed out something beautiful about democracy, haven't you? I often wonder if our art critic Phil Kennicott would pick the best of the 650. What was your favorite? What did we miss?

– April 01, 2013 11:17 AM
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Personal favorite

Which was your personal favorite diorama and why?
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Katherine Boyle :

That's tough-- I think "Twinkie: Rest in Peeps" was a brilliant concept, but I'm a huge Mark Rivetti fan. He made "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Peep” and "Peepius Maximus" from last year. At this point, we know his work. He's very gifted with the medium and we'll miss his entries next year. He's moving.

– April 01, 2013 11:20 AM
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peeple's choice

How long does voting last for the Peeple's Choice contest? How often can folks vote? Thanks!
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Katherine Boyle :

April 15th. Make your vote count.

– April 01, 2013 11:23 AM
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Fewer entrants, tougher competition?

Why do you think there were fewer entries in this year's competition than the last few years?
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Katherine Boyle :

That's a terrific question: to be completely transparent, we had a wonderful new technology system that did the counting for us. In previous years, we had to count manually and couldn't regulate double submissions when counting overall totals, which may have propped up the number in past years.  But there may be some other theories out there: what do you think? Recession? Less material?

– April 01, 2013 11:30 AM
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Kids peeps

Ever considered doing a different contest for families/ kids?
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Katherine Boyle :

We have, and we know its unfair to have 9 year-olds compete with architects. But that's why our fantastic KidsPost editor Tracy Grant separates all of the kids submissions from the rest and puts excellent submissions in the KidsPost section.

– April 01, 2013 11:33 AM
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Equal time for Original Peeps

I love, love, love the Peeps contest, but this year 99% of the Peeps were Bunnies. I think you should have a rule that all entries must include 50% of the ORIGINAL chicks! That's why they're called Peeps, after all.
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Katherine Boyle :

I don't know that more laws will ever solve problems of fairness in The Washington Post Peeps Contest.

– April 01, 2013 11:39 AM
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Peep artists

Do you think there is a market (besides diorama contests) for Peep artists?
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Katherine Boyle :

If Jeff Koons starts making them, then yes. They'll sell for $20 million at Sotheby's and everyone will oohh and ahh about his genius. Invest now while they're cheap.

– April 01, 2013 11:40 AM
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LA fan's favorite

Island of the Grand Peeps. Brilliant concept and executionk from what I can tell. Just didn't care for the twinkie funeral. And the Osama in a body bag was appalling, IMO.
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Katherine Boyle :

I agree that Peep Island was brilliant. We did have a lofty conversation about whether beauty is enough in itself to win a Peeps contest. Must everything be ironic in this Internet age? The newsroom answered with a resounding "yes." I don't know what that says about us.

– April 01, 2013 11:43 AM
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Science peeps

My entry was a richly detailed and colorful science joke about evolution, but it wasn't selected as a finalist. My theory is that writers have a deep-seated prejudice against or misunderstanding of science and math. Can you comment?
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Katherine Boyle :

Comment: I've never harbored any deep-seated prejudice against science or mathematics. But expand upon your theory and perhaps you can persuade us. Or better yet, send us a proof.

– April 01, 2013 11:48 AM
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Peep Dioramas

Is there going to be any gathering of finalists and/or semifinalists where they can meet each other?
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Katherine Boyle :

We don't have one planned but I'd love to meet everyone. There are limitless possibilites when it comes to Peeps.

– April 01, 2013 11:50 AM
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Chicks or Bunnies

Do you have a favorite type of Peep? (chick or bunny, color, flavor, size :-)
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Katherine Boyle :

I like the pink bunnies, which I think is pretty old school of me. Although, there are dark chocolate covered Peeps that have been sort of melted into a truffle-like substance? They are amazing.

– April 01, 2013 11:51 AM
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Peep Diorama

Have you guys at the newsroom noticed a trend towards greater technical sophistication among the winning dioramas? As a layperson, that seems to be the case. I wonder whether this could be responsible for the declining number of entries, e.g., people feel they can't compete and so are less likely to submit?
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Katherine Boyle :

The dioramas were very sophisticated this year, and they are getting better and better. But we had fewer multiple level submissions this year. As for whether it's discouraging, I'm not so sure. The most sophisticated dioramas don't always win.

– April 01, 2013 11:54 AM
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can you only vote 1x? or more than once?

Thank you!
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Katherine Boyle :

You can vote more than once.

– April 01, 2013 11:55 AM
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Peeple's choice

Is there an award for the diorama chosen as Peeple's choice?
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Katherine Boyle :

Fame, glory, bragging rights.

– April 01, 2013 11:55 AM
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Puntastic

What was your favorite pun in all of the submissions this year?
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Katherine Boyle :

"Supeep Court Justice Clarence Thomas Makes a Peep" was too clever. Brilliant use of puns and language.

– April 01, 2013 11:58 AM
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Peep Stress

On a scale of 1-10 (being most arduous), how stressful is the Peep Diorama contest for the judges/writers? It seems like a very quick turnaround time to go through a ton of dioramas, make decisions, and get all the stories/videos/galleries out!
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Katherine Boyle :

Oh, part of the magic is that we make it look easy, yes? It is, indeed, a time of sacrifice.

– April 01, 2013 12:00 PM
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Peeps and Non-Peeps

Did the inclusion of non-Peep foods in some of the dioramas (the twinkie diorama, the wrestling diorama with candies) stir controversy within the WaPo judges? Readers certainly seem to have opinions about not having enough peeps!
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Katherine Boyle :

No, we're pretty easy going when it comes to materials. Some of our top 50 dioramas only had one Peep. The concept and execution matter most.

– April 01, 2013 12:02 PM
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