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Statewide - Native Sons and Daughters essay contests deadline

Kansas state sealThe Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas hold two essay contests each year and presents awards at the annual meeting, this year will be Friday, January 26, 2018, when the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Kansas Historical Foundation assists the organization with the contests.

Kansas Factual Story contest

The Olive Ann Beech Kansas Factual Story contest, sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, encourages written preservation of factual, unpublished happenings and anecdotes in the lives of Kansans today and yesterday. The contest is open to everyone. Stories must be true and unpublished, take place in Kansas, and limited to 750 words. One entry per person, and entries will not be returned. The entry deadline has been extended. Entries must be submitted electronically by email by 5 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017. The author’s name, mailing address, and phone number must be included on the essay. The Kansas Historical Society may preserve all stories in its collections.

Olive Ann Beech, of Wichita, provided winners with cash awards for over 30 years. Following her death, her daughter, Mary Lynn Oliver, Wichita, has continued this support. The Beech memorial cash awards are: first place, $175; second place, $125; third place, $100; and $50 each for two honorable mentions.

Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper contest

The Mamie Boyd Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper contest, sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, focuses on pride in the state and is open to Kansas students in grades 8 through 12. The entry deadline has been extended. Essays must be limited to 250 words (about one double-spaced typewritten page) and must be submitted electronically by email 5 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017. The author’s name, school, grade, mailing address, and phone number must be included on the essay.

The contest title was coined by early-day Kansas newspaperwoman Mamie Boyd, whose family continues to provide the cash award for the first place winner. Past essays have described interesting and strong-hearted people of Kansas, the state’s vast grain crops and grasslands, diversities in population, and the emotions and pride called to mind by the state’s unique beauty.

 

Submit entries for both contests to: Cindy Stillings, Kansas Historical Foundation, kshs.membership@ks.gov. Include “Boyd Essay Contest”  or "Beech Essay Contest" in the subject line of the email.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, November 23, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017
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