The Old Farmer's Almanac Essay Contest

Win Cash Prizes and Publication in the Next Almanac!

Almanac Essay Contest

Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds an essay contest with cash prizes.  Enter here—and read wonderful winning essays from prior years!

The 2017 Essay Contest

The essay contest for this year is now closed. The winners will be announced in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Enjoy essays from prior contests below!

This year, our essay topic is “The Historical Figure I Would Like to Meet—and Why.” Cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) will be awarded for the best essays in 200 words or less. Entries must be yours, original, and unpublished. All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 27, 2017. Enter here (see link above) or label “Essay Contest” and mail to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444. Include your name, mailing address, and email address. Winners will appear in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac and on Almanac.com.

Essay Contest Winners

Click below to enjoy past winning essays. They are so many inspiring and often heartfelt essays from Almanac readers.

Winners of the 2016 Essay Contest: A New Holiday We Need—And Why

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

All the best if you enter your own essay! Explore and enter all of our Almanac contests here.

Reader Comments

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contest results

Will the winners be announced this month, August 2017? Thank you! :)

2017 Essay Contest

When will the winners be posted? When will they receive the money if they win? And how will the money be awarded, Cash, Check?

Almanac essay contest

Hi, Matthew, The winners are posted upon publication of next year’s Almanac (in which they appear), which means in August. Checks are issued to the winners soon after the winners are chosen. Thanks for your interest!

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But When are the winners chosen?

Essay winners

We do not have a date for when we’ll get together to choose the winners. Rest assured the winners will be announced with The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac which is published in August.

2017 Essay contest

I understand that Yankee Publishing will retain all rights to the winning essays; could the winners still use the essay as a writing sample when submitting for other freelance work? Thanks.

using the essay as a writing sample

Certainly you could use the essay as a writing sample, Andrea. If you win, and were to use your essay that way, it might be a feather in your cap to let your readers know that it won this contest and was published. Thanks for your interest!

essay contest

Is there a limit to how many entries one may submit--and are Canadian entries accepted??

essay contest entries from Canada

Hi, Marya-

There is no limit as to how many entries you send, but you can only win one prize. And we absolutely welcome our neighbors to the north to enter! Good luck!

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!

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 does not cost any money to enter our contests. The cash prize is for the readers!

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.

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...

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 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.