Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds an essay contest with cash prizes. Enter here—and read wonderful winning essays from prior years!
Enter the 2020 Essay Contest
Announcing the 2020 essay contest topic: What worn-out possession is dearest to you, and why?
Cash prizes are awarded for the best essays in 200 words or less on the subject, and the winning entries will appear in The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
First place wins $300; second prize wins $200; third prize wins $100.
Past Essay Contest Winners
Click below to enjoy past winning essays. There are so many inspiring and often heartfelt essays from Almanac readers.
Winners of the 2019 Essay Contest: Kids Say the Funniest Things
Winners of the 2018 Essay Contest: How Weather Changed My Life
Winners of the 2017 Essay Contest: The Historical Figure I Would Like To Meet and Why
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.