Enter the Oregon Blue Book Essay Contest

Zaylee Rose drew this jousting knight to illustrate his 2019 essay about the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. Contestants are encouraged to illustrate their essays with drawings.
Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno is pleased to invite all Oregon elementary and middle school-aged students to participate in the 2021–2022 Oregon Blue Book Essay Contest.

Essay Topic

What is your favorite state park in Oregon and why?
Please illustrate your essay with a drawing.

About the Contest

Oregonians have been visiting and enjoying state parks for nearly one hundred years.  Our state parks are part of what makes Oregon great. Next year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Oregon’s first state park.  The 2021-2022 edition of the Oregon Blue Book will celebrate it and all of Oregon’s state parks.

Contest winners’ essays and drawings will be included in the next edition of the Oregon Blue Book, and will be invited to the State Capitol for the official Oregon Blue Book release party and celebration in early 2021. 

Teachers, please consider making this a classroom project for both your spring 2020 class and your fall 2020 class!  

How to Enter the Contest

Each essay must be identified with the student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, school’s name, and school’s address. Please encourage your students to illustrate their essays.

Word counts for each essay should be between 100 and 250 words. Essays should focus on parks that are part of the Oregon State Parks system.

Please collect and mail your students’ essays together to:
Theresa Rea
Oregon State Archives
800 Summer St. NE
Salem OR 97310

Questions? Contact Theresa Rea, Oregon State Archives, 503-378-5167  or theresa.rea@oregon.gov 

Deadline

The deadline for submitting entries is Thursday, October 22, 2020.