The Old Farmer's Almanac Essay Contest

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Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds an essay contest with cash prizes. Enter the 2016 contest below. And thank you to everyone who shares their essays; we receive many wonderful submissions. Enjoy!

The 2016 Essay

CONTEST DEADLINE PAST! WInners will be announced in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac and here on our Web site in late August/early September when the Almanac is issued.
 

Past Essay Contest Winners

Click below to enjoy past winning essays! They are wonderful and often heartfelt essays from Almanac readers.

Winners of the 2015 Essay Contest: My Best Car Story

Winners of the 2014 Essay Contest: My Most Unusual Coincidence

Winners of the 2013 Essay Contest: My Funniest Family Moment

Winners of the 2012 Essay Contest: How The Old Farmer’s Almanac Has Influenced My Life

Winners of the 2011 Essay Contest: My Best Original Money-Saving Habit

Winners of the 2010 Essay Contest: The Kindest Thing Anyone Ever Did for Me

Winners of the 2009 Essay Contest: My Pet’s Best Trick Ever

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Diversity Day

To the person who posted about Diversity Day, could you please enter the contest by clicking the link above? We welcome your submission!  Thank you, the OFA editors

200 words

Does the title count as part of the 200 words?

The title does not count.

The title does not count. Thanks for checking!

a national holiday day

Harvest day. Because we reap what we so!

Hi! I was just wondering if

Hi!
I was just wondering if it cost anything to enter in the contest?

No, it doesn't not cost any

No, it doesn't not cost any money. However, the deadline has passed for the 2015 contest. We'll have another essay contest in The 2016 Almanac which comes out in the late summer!

I submitted two best car

I submitted two best car stories to meet deadline. Could not decide which one was better. Thanking you in advance for making the choice for me if only one per person is permitted.

If I send my essay in a week

If I send my essay in a week prior to the deadline, will I still have a chance of placing? I guess what I'm asking is: will my essay really be read if I send it in a week before the deadline or will you already have picked the finalists?

Also, are there any age

Also, are there any age requirements? I'm assuming this is a high school essay contest.

Hi! Is there a word limit to

Hi! Is there a word limit to the essay contest? For some reason I thought it was 200, but I don't see that anywhere now and most of the previous winners were more. I submitted a 200-word essay. I might resubmit. Thanks!

I just reread the top of this

I just reread the top of this page, duh, and my copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015, and it does say 200 words or less. Forgive me!

I remember a Christmas long

I remember a Christmas long ago when I was 5 years old & my brother Charlie was 7 years old. Our Mother asked us to make out our Christmas lists. Of course mine was long with many things {that I would not get} on it. However Charlie's list had just one thing on it. A Farmer's Almanac. My Mother said, "Charlie, you must want something else??". He looked up at our Mother & said "no Mama, just the Farmer's Almanac please". What an impression your magazine had even back then on a child so young. Charlie got his Farmer's Almanac for Christmas that year & kept it in his back pocket wherever he went...

I remember this like it was

I remember this like it was yesterday though it happened in 1958,I came out of a small mom and pop store near my home in Pennsylvania as I was about to get in my auto I noticed a screech owl lying along the road when checking it seemed to be alive so I put it on floor of my auto where heat came out as I headed on my way to where I was going after about 10 min.it sprang to life and flew up on my seat then things got lively as it flew around in my car which was a 1957 Chevrolet 2 door hardtop so around it flew until I had a chance to get off the road put windows down and into the night it flew.

Hey, I really enjoyed reading

Hey, I really enjoyed reading all the previous years' winning essays. Can I participate this year? I'm from Mumbai, India.

Thanks for the kind

Thanks for the kind words.This contest comes courtesy of The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac publication which is published in North America, therefore, you must live in the U.S. or Canada to enter.

for this years essay can it

for this years essay can it be fake or do it have to be realty

We prefer that you enter a

We prefer that you enter a real story. Thanks for checking!

I just submitted my essay for

I just submitted my essay for the 2015 contest online yesterday and realized today that I made an important typo that needs to be corrected. If I mail in a paper copy of my submission with the correction and a note, can that be submitted instead? Thank you!

Hi, Kim, Yes, you welcome to

Hi, Kim,
Yes, you welcome to send by mail with a note. Or, you are welcome to resubmit online and we will just look at the most recent copy.
Kind regards,
The Old Farmer's Almanac editors

My essay involves other

My essay involves other persons... can I change the names to protect privacy?

Hi, Judy, Yes, it is fine to

Hi, Judy,
Yes, it is fine to change the names. No need to even mention it on the submission. Thanks for asking.
We appreciate your interest in our essay contest--and The Old Farmer's Almanac.
Sincerely,
Your OFA editors

When will the winners for the

When will the winners for the 2014 publication be notified?

The winners will be notified

The winners will be notified in late summer before the Almanac goes on sale.

was my essay a runner up in

was my essay a runner up in the 2013 almanac?

We've just posted the

We've just posted the winners. See above link! There were SO many great entries and we thank you!

Where are the essay winners

Where are the essay winners posted?

See the links above. Click on

See the links above. Click on them. They will bring you to the winning essays for each year referenced.

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