The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library annually hosts an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day, a celebration of Indiana’s birthday. To start us thinking about our 200th Statehood Day in 2016, the current theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest are honored each year at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on December 11.
- The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private or homeschooled student.
- Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed.
- Essays should be submitted on the front of one page whenever possible.
- No identifying information should be on the front of the entry. Identifying information including the student’s name, teacher’s name, school’s name, address, telephone number, and a valid email address for the teacher or individual, must be included. Entries without this information will be deemed ineligible. Entries are accepted from schools or individuals.
- Essays should be reflective of the theme and convey clear thoughts about Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. The judges will be accepting a broad interpretation of the theme. Indiana is about to turn 200. Who is a Hoosier Bicentennial Hero to you?
- We are not accepting electronic submissions. Essays should be mailed to:
Indiana Center for the Book
c/o Suzanne Walker
140 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- A panel of judges will choose first, second, third, and fourth place winners.