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Town House • First Floor (Hallway)

* Amateur exhibitors only. Ribbons Only are awarded *

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Gayle Huntress, Claire Baldwin, Judith Berg Kohn, Lisa Cohen, Mary Warbasse


• All entries must be received no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, August 17th at the
• Paige Memorial Library, P.O. Box 128, Hardwick, MA 01037. Mailed or online
• entries must be received by the same date. To submit your entry online, please
• click here or click on the icon at the bottom of this page.

• Entries must be limited to 1000 words (equivalent to about 4 double-spaced
• pages with one inch margins and 11 to 12-point font.)
• Please do not write your name on your entry. Include a separate sheet or card

• with your name, address, age, and class.
• One entry allowed per class.

• Separate classes for:

      – Children: up to 8 years

      – Youth: 9–12 years
      – Teens: 13–16 years

      – Adult: 17+ years


A. WHAT MAKES HARDWICK SPECIAL (write an essay about the things that
     make you privileged to know Hardwick. See details below.)

B. POETRY (any free verse or any verse that follows a rhyme theme) 

C. PICTURE BOOKS (No clip art. Adult entries welcome! Picture books should be
    no longer than 20 pages.)

D. FICTION (any piece of fiction) 

E. NON-FICTION (any piece of non-fiction such as editorial, essay, school paper,
    scientific paper, biography, or opinion editorial)

F. PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE (any piece of non-fiction written from the personal
    perspective, such as a journal entry, memoir excerpt, personal narrative, blog
    post, or a story of a true experience that happened to you.)




In your own words write a brief essay 800-1000 words telling us what makes Hardwick special. Describe the things that make you feel privileged to know Hardwick. Is it the fall foliage on The Common or the friendly greetings of the residents as they stop by the post office to collect their mail? Is it the willingness
of neighbors to help each other or the simple beauty of the classic New England village? Is it the abundance of well-crafted stone walls or the steamy smell of summer rain falling on hot pavement? Tell us your personal favorite things about Hardwick. We can't wait to hear!


CASH PRIZES awarded to top two winners in TEEN and ADULT (Younger writers are welcome to enter, but they will be grouped with the TEENS)

•  1st  — $200

• 2nd  — $100


Essay contest made possible through generous donation from Bob (Bud) and Mary Kelly of Everett, WA


Deadline for entries is 4:00pm on Thursday, August 17, 2023

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