Do you have a passion for writing? Have you ever written a poem or a song?  If so, share you talents

and participate in the Kentucky 4-H Written Communications Contest!


  • Each county may submit two junior and two senior entries per category.  
  • Each category will have a junior and senior class.  Junior:  Any member age 9-13 may compete in writing contest as per their age determined on January 1st of the year in which the state contest is held.  Senior:  Any member age 14-19 may participate in writing contest (must have passed their 14th birthday but have not passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the year in which the state contest is held).  
  • Each writing piece must be original. If there is a question, the participant will be disqualified. A statement of authenticity must be completed and attached to entry.  
  • Please check with your 4-H Agent for county deadlines for submission.  Cover page, Writing Piece, Scoring Guide and Statement of Authenticity must be scanned and entered online. The state deadline is by midnight on March 2nd
  • All entries are to be on 8.5" x 11" paper, with the entrant's class, name, and county on a cover page and last name typed on every page.  (See sample cover page). Please include scoring guide, and statement of authenticity at the back of the piece. 
  • Entries are to be double-spaced, typed with Calibri size 12 font white paper. (Songs may be single spaced within verses, chorus and bridge and double spaced between each of these.)
  • The Songwriting can be found in the National 4-H Curriculum Picking up the Pieces, page 26.  Information on Poetry can be found here: Ohio State University The Writer in You, page 32 . Press Release and Public Service Announcement: National 4-H Curriculum Putting it Together, page 26.  Monologue: National 4-H Curriculum Theatre Arts Level 1- Beginner, page 17.  
  •  Categories include: (Junior and Senior Classes for each category)
  1. Songwriting (lyrics only) 
  2. Poetry (3 line minimum and 25 line maximum)
  3. “What 4-H Means to Me” Essay (minimum 500 words)
  4. Original Monologue
  5. Press Release (maximum of 1,000 words)
  6. Public Service Announcement


  • Online Registration (please contact your county 4-H agent)

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Contact your county 4-H agent for ways you can volunteer!