Young Writers Essay Contest

Enter our Young Writers Essay Contest and you could be on our cover  

Parenting New Hampshire is hosting its third annual essay writing contest. If you are a Granite State kid who loves to write, we want to put the spotlight on you!

Winners will be chosen from three age groups: age 7 and younger; age 8-11, and age 12 and older. A winner from each of these age categories will have their essays published in the August issue of PNH. Additionally, an overall winner will be selected – their essay will also be published and they will be photographed by Kendal J. Bush Photography for the cover of Parenting NH’s August/Back-to-School issue. 

The overall winner will also win their choice of a gift card for Alpine Adventures in Lincoln or a Splash Birthday Package at The Workout Club.

The essay topic is: How would you describe your perfect day. You can write about who you might spend it with, what you would do, what time of year it is, what the weather is like, etc. Use your imagination and be creative!

Contest rules:

  • Essays must be 100 to 300 words.

  • Submissions must be received via email or postal mail by Monday, July 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. Email to editor@parentingnh.com with Writing Contest in the subject line; or mail to Parenting NH Magazine Editor, McLean Communications, 150 Dow St., Manchester, NH 03101.

  • All essays must include the child’s name, age, grade level, name of school they attend (or home school), parent’s name, address and phone and email.

  • Winners will be contacted via email or phone on Tuesday, July 13, 2017. Please note that the cover photo needs to be taken by Monday, July 17, to make our print deadline.

  • Children of Yankee Publishing Inc. or McLean Communications employees are not eligible.


Meet the 2016 winners

Contest entrants answered the essay question: What does being a friend mean to you? The winners’ creative and well-written entries from our overall and age-group winners can be found here. A sincere thank you to everyone who entered.

2016 outstanding writers

  • Overall winner: Kirsten Bornkessel
  • Winner, age 6 and younger: Daejean Francois
  • Winner, age 7-10: Kyle Ross
  • Winner, age 11 and older: Chloe Codner
     

Meet the 2015 winners

Contest entrants answered the essay question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The winners’ creative and well-written entries from our overall and age-group winners can be found here. A sincere thank you to everyone who entered.

2015 outstanding writers

  • Overall winner: Hannah Dambach
  • Winner, age 6 and younger: Jenna Bailey
  • Winner, age 7-10: Andrew Downer
  • Winner, age 11 and older: Rosie Correll
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