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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My West Virginia State Parks Essay Contest

(From the WVWriters Roundtable, courtesy of Susanna Holstein)

The My West Virginia State Parks: What They Mean to Me Essay contest is open from May 1, 2006 to September 10, 2006.

The contest is open to West Virginia residents as well as residents from other states. Contest judges and West Virginia State Parks and Forests employees and their immediate family members are ineligible.

How To Enter
There is no entry fee for this contest. To enter, complete an official entry form. Download and print an entry form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) and mail it and your essay describing what West Virginia State Parks and Forests means to you to the mailing address below.

You may e-mail a request for a form to

Limit one (1) entry per person. Incomplete or inaccurate entry forms will be considered ineligible and void. Mail entries must be postmarked by September 10, 2006.

For questions pertaining to this contest or if you would like a packet of entry materials for your group, class or club, please contact us at or at the mailing address below address.

Mailing address:
West Virginia State Parks and Forests Essay Contest
Capitol Complex
Building 3, Room 709
Charleston, WV 25305

Essay Requirements and Format
All entries must be typed or computer generated and double-spaced. No handwritten entries will be accepted. Your submission and entry form is your agreement that you are the original author. Participants may not submit work that is already owned and/or copyrighted by another company.

Essays will describe what West Virginia State Parks and Forests mean to you. Only one essay and entry form accepted per person. Identifying characteristics such as name, address, phone number, e-mail address and category should appear at the end of any essays submitted by mail.

Categories Word Limit
Children Ages 6-8 75 words
Children Ages 9-12 400 words
Teens Ages 13-17 450 words
Adults Ages 18 and Older 450 words

Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected from all eligible entries. The essays will be judged by a panel of judges appointed by West Virginia State Parks and Forests. The judges will select the top four entries in each category on the basis of originality of thought, grammar and spelling, creativity, technical skill and content. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Use of Winning Essay
Upon submission, all entries will become the property of West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Entries may be used for educational, informational and promotional purposes on the West Virginia State Parks and Forests Web site, in its printed materials and on its products. However, entries are not guaranteed to appear in any manner outlined above.

Winners will be notified by letter and/or e-mail and winning essays will be revealed at a press conference to be announced at a later date. Winning essays will then be posted on this web site.

Each of the following categories will receive the prizes listed below.

Children's ages 6 - 8 Category
Children's ages 9 - 12 Category
Teens ages 13 - 17 Category
Adults ages 18 and older Category

  • First Place: One week at a West Virginia State Park Cabin.

  • Second Place: Two nights at a Cass Scenic Railroad State Park cottage and four train tickets to Whittaker Station.

  • Third Place: West Virginia State Parks Collectors Edition MONOPOLY Game

  • Honorable Mention: Autographed book "Jewels in Our Crown" by Maureen Crockett.