Young Writers Essay Contest

ParentingNH is holding its fifth-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 September issue of PNH. Additionally, an overall winner will be selected — their essay will also be published and they will be photographed for ParentingNH ’s September issue.

The essay topic is: What is your favorite book? Tell us about it. Why is it your favorite? Why is it important and meaningful to you? What do you like most about it? Do you have a favorite character?

Essays will be judged on clarity, thoughtfulness and creativity.

The deadline is Wednesday, August 7. Winners will be contacted via email or phone on Thursday, August 8; a photo shoot will be scheduled for the winner shortly after they are notified.

Contest rules:  

Essays must be 100 to 300 words.

Submissions must be received via email or postal mail by Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. Email to editor@parentingnh.com with Writing Contest in the subject line; or mail to ParentingNH 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. Children of Yankee Publishing Inc. or McLean Communications employees are not eligible.


Meet the 2018 winners

Contest entrants answered the essay question: What is your most prized posession. 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.

2018 outstanding writers

  • Overall winner: Aidan Sevigny
  • Winner, age 7 and younger: Tejas Nyaharkar
  • Winner, age 8-11: Meara Horan
  • Winner, age 12 and older: Molly McNeill

Meet the 2017 winners

Contest entrants answered the essay question: Describe your perfect day. 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.

2017 outstanding writers

  • Overall winner: Madelyne Cyr
  • Winner, age 7 and younger: Jonathan Camire
  • Winner, age 8-11: Sophie Dandawa
  • Winner, age 12 and older: Lily Coady

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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