- This project is due to the 4-H Club Leader or the Extension Office by July 8. The record sheet must be
- ALL completed record sheets and manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4‑H Club leader by July 1, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4‑H Club Member's Record Book.”
- Only one entry or exhibit is required to complete the Creative Writing project. However, 4-H members may choose to have an entry in each of the following 3 Project Categories: Poetry, Prose, or Children’s Story.
- All entries are to be handwritten neatly in ink or typed. Typed entries should be double-spaced.
- Children’s stories must include illustrations. Illustrations are not required for Poetry and Prose entries but are permitted to enhance your exhibit.
- All entries must have been written since the previous year’s county fair. Work that has been judged in any other writing contest is ineligible for 4-H competition. All entries must be the exclusive work of the 4-H member, NO group projects or collaborations should be submitted for judging.
- Each entry is to have a title page with the following information: Title, Author, Date, Project Category, Grade in School, and Club.
- Each entry is to be bound to keep it neat and clean during judging and display at the 4-H Fair. Use any type of three-pronged folder or school report cover available at most department stores. You may decorate the cover, or use a report binder with a plastic front so your title page shows through.
- Neatness counts. Be sure your project is clean, neat, and organized.
- Use any tools available to you to present your exhibit in the best possible way. However, don’t neglect the most important part of this project ......“Creative Writing.” The development of your subject into a poem or story, the creative way you express yourself, and the proper grammatical use of words, are more important to the judge than computer printing and expensive laminating and bindings. Make sure you concentrate on the project, before the presentation of it.
- Double-check the order of the pages in your binder.
- Title Page (required)
- Description of poetry form (optional for poetry projects only)
- Your writing project (required)
- Bibliography (give credit to sources only if you researched)
- Author’s page (optional, permitted for all three categories)
NOTE: Please submit 2 copies of your entry, so the judge may make notes on one. Also note that each division has word limits that must be followed.
- Manual – Jasper County Creative Writing
- Prose: Exhibit is a story (fiction or nonfiction), autobiography, biography, essay, journal entry or any other prose piece and a record sheet.
- Poetry: Exhibit is a poem of any length or style and a record sheet.
- Children’s Story: Exhibit is a story written specifically for young children including illustrations and a record sheet.
- ALL GRADE LEVELS HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 12 PAGES
- Beginner - Grades 3-5 - Exhibit one or more of the following:
* 1 to 2 poems 24 lines or less each and record sheet
* A poem, a story, autobiography, children’s story or any other prose piece consisting of at least ½ page and record sheet.
- Intermediate - Grades 6-8 – Exhibit one or more of the following:
* 3 to 4 poems 32 lines or less each and record sheet
* A poem, a story, autobiography, children’s story or any other prose piece consisting of at least 2 full pages and record sheet
- Advanced - Grades 9-12 – Exhibit one or more of the following:
* 4 to 6 poems 48 lines or less each and record sheet
* A poem, a story, autobiography, or children’s story consisting of at least 4full pages and record sheet.
* Any other prose piece consisting of at least 4 full pages and record sheet.