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Library > Indiana Center for the Book > Statehood Day Essay Contest > Statehood Day Essay Contest Rules Statehood Day Essay Contest Rules

The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2014, a celebration of Indiana’s 198th birthday. To start us thinking about our 200th Statehood Day in 2016, this year’s theme is "Hoosier Bicentennial Moments."

Competition Rules:

  • The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private or homeschooled student in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Essays should be submitted on the front of one page whenever possible. The following identifying information must be included on each entry: student’s name; teacher’s name; school’s name (if applicable); address; telephone number; and a valid email address for the teacher (class entry) or parent (individual entry).  
  • Essays should be reflective of the theme and convey clear thoughts about Hoosier Bicentennial Moments which can include historical moments, significant events, or great moments in time for Indiana or Indiana Hoosiers. Lesson Plans for teachers will be available to download in the fall.
  • We are not accepting electronic submissions. Essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 24, 2014 and 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.

The winners, along with their class, will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Please visit for additional information regarding events planned for Statehood Day.