Enter this year's Indiana Prairie Farmer/CountryMark youth essay contest and respond to the theme: "How would you convince your best friend to join 4-H or FFA?"
If you do, you could win three ways. First, there are cash prizes. Second, you might just persuade a good friend that they're missing out on a great youth organization. Third, you can help earn money for the Indiana FFA or Indiana 4-H Foundation.
The contest is open to anyone under 21 years old. Essays must be 250 to 300 words, and must be your original work. They should be typed and include a cover letter with your name, address, email address, home and cell numbers.
If several individual entries are being included in one mailing envelope, please make sure each entry has its own cover letter with complete contact information. Winners will be notified by phone.
A team of judges will select winning essays. Results will be announced in a summer issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer. Farm Progress Companies reserves the right to publish any essays deemed appropriate without compensation. Decision of the judges is final. Winners will be asked for a digital photo to accompany their essay if published.
CountryMark is generously presenting youth contest winners with $250 for first, $150 for second and $50 for third and fourth places.
Entries should be mailed to Susan Hayhurst, 14477 S. Carlisle Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802. Entries must be postmarked by April 15.
CountryMark will also donate to either the Indiana FFA Foundation or the Indiana 4-H Foundation $20 for each essay submitted up to 50 essays total. Simply note on your entry form if you are a 4-H or FFA supporter. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's no time like the present to whip out a pen or pencil, or fire up your computer keyboard. Challenge your friends and classmates to enter as well!