2023 Artistic Expression and Creative Writing Contests

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Registration for all Artistic Expression and Creative Writing contests is open until June 1. The deadline for entry fees to be received by NC State Extension Equine Husbandry is June 15.

For additional details and information about the contests, please visit this page.

Artistic Expression Contests

The Artistic Expression contests provide an educational opportunity for participants to exhibit their artistic skills, in a variety of different events, pertaining to horses and the 4-H horse project. Exhibits must be submitted in the dining room of the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh at the NC 4-H State Horse Show on July 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entries will be judged beginning at 5 p.m. Exhibits will be on display on July 8 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and projects and awards can be picked up from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

2023 Artistic Expression Contests

Creative Writing Contests

The goals of the Horse Creative Writing Events are to provide an outlet for written expression for the 4-H member on horse-related topics while encouraging youth to express their experiences and ideas in a creative manner. Furthermore, the Creative Writing Contests will recognize youth who have creative writing talent by expressing their ideas through writing. Each participant must be a current 4-H club member. Participants do not need to own their own horses.

The contest will consist of a Junior and Senior Division. Youths who have reached age 14 but have not reached age 19 as of January 1 are considered Seniors. Junior individuals must not have reached age 14 as of January 1. State winners in a contest/division are ineligible for future competition in the same contest/division. Entries/stories/documents must be digitally submitted by June 15. Your registration confirmation will have further details on where and how to send your entry.

2023 Creative Writing Contests


  • Poetry
  • Short Story
  • Essay Divisions
  • Junior
  • Senior

Entry Deadline

June 1
$3 entry fee

Entries/stories/documents must be digitally submitted by June 15. Awards will be available for pick up on July 8 at the NC State 4-H Horse Show