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State 4-H Writing Exhibition

Writing with a heart and sun.Purpose

To encourage 4-H members to express their thoughts, feelings, understanding and impressions through written media. Exhibits should compel the observer to feel, think or be inspired by the 4-H member’s interpretation and expression.

  • Entries must be written by the 4-H member (age 8 by October 1, 2021 up to last day as 21 year old) during the current 4-H club year.
  • County offices are welcome to accept Cloverbud exhibits. However, Cloverbud exhibits may only be exhibited at the county level and should be recognized at the county level in accordance with the state Cloverbud policies.
  • There are three (3) categories for the 4-H Writing Exhibition: Essay, Short Story, or Poetry.
  • Number of Entries – A 4-H member can enter no more than one entry for each of the three (3) categories in 4-H Writing Exhibition.
  • Length of Entries – Maximum 1,000 words.
  • Original Work – All entries must be written by the 4-H members submitting them. Copying someone else’s work is not appropriate and will not be accepted.
  • Format information – Document should be typed using 12-point font, single-spaced, 1” margins,
    8.5” x 11” size page.
  • Identification – Each entry must have the following information at the top center: Name, County, Age, and category. This information can be inserted into the document’s header.
Displays and Rewards
  • The State 4-H Writing Exhibition will be on display electronically at the State Fair of West Virginia in August.
  • All participants will receive a State Fair ribbon, certificate, and premium ($3.50) for each writing entry.
  • National Exhibition – Entries from across the nation will be available online at the NAE4-HYDP Communication and Expressive Arts Task Force website