A wide-open competition to identify persons who can write in the style of Will Rogers, is being conducted in August by the Will Rogers Writers Foundation.
“When Will Rogers died 80 years ago this month, the world lost a phenomenal figure,” said Robert Haught, Foundation president.
The Writers Foundation will award cash prizes to the three top winners.
Haught originated the contest with the 2007 Will Rogers Writers Workshop in Oklahoma City, which is being revived in observation of the 80th anniversary of Will’s death on Aug. 15, 1935 in an Alaska plane crash.
To enter, submit an esssay of 500 to 750 words written in the style of Will Rogers. It may take form of humor, commentary, human interest or briefs. The essay should be on a current (or timeless) topic. Essays must be original, in English. Entries will not be returned.
Entries must include the writer’s name, mailing address and email address. Telephone and fax numbers are optional. This information should be separate from the essay. It will not be seen by judges.
No more than three essays per entrant will be accepted, and each must be in a separate entry. There is no entry fee.
Entries may be submitted by mail to Will Rogers Contest, P.O. Box 1582, Madison, VA 22727 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to reach either address is September 1.
For information and samples of Will Rogers’ writings, go to http://www.haughtline.net/page44.php
(Editor’s Note: Jeannie Cale, counselor at Thunderbird Youth Academy, won third place in this contest a few years ago writing as though she was at a political convention.)