(failure to meet any one of the requirements will result in a disqualification)
- Students interested in writing an essay, should contact their local 4-H offices for contest details. The state selection must be done through the 4-H system.
- Preparation for National Judging: Typewritten or computer- generated double-spaced, 12pt. Times or similar type style, on one side of white paper following standard manuscript format.
- Must submit an essay, 750 to 1000 words, on the essay topic
- Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research- 40%; (b) accuracy- 30%; (c) creativity- 10%; (d) conciseness- 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic- 10%
- All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
- On a separate page, please include a brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including birthdate, gender, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.
- Each state may submit ONE entry only.
- Deadline for National submission is: March 9, 2018.
- Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation’s Essay Committee, whose decision is final.
- National winners will be announced by the week of May 7, 2018.
- All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essays will be returned.
- Send the winning state entries with the subject title: “4-H State Winning Entry from XXX State” to: .
Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the National level are NOT eligibility; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter. Students must write on the designated subject only. There will be NO exceptions.
First Prize: $750.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $250.00
The National winners’ essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation’s Newsletter.
*Each State Winner, including the National winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.
If you have any questions, please contact Regina K. Robuck, Executive Director, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees at 404.760.2887 or