Each year, Georgia 4-H and the University of Georgia’s Entomology Department organize the 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest.  This contest is a national competition offered by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. The University of Georgia’s Entomology Department will determine the top three essays in Georgia and send the first ranked winner on to compete on the national level, competing against states across the nation. The national winner will be announced by the end of the first week in May.

2019 Winners

1st Place: Venya Gunjal, Cobb County

2nd Place: Tatiana Plummer, Fulton County

3rd place: Kelly Lachowsky, Liberty County

2019 Topic

Honey Varietals, State to State

Each jar of honey reflects an unrepeatable combination of climate, soil, weather and flowers. Each state has unique honey varietals that beekeepers can market to their customers. Please identify one unique varietal to your state and discuss the flower’s uniqueness and how beekeepers can effectively market that varietal.

In your essay, please include a photo of the varietal’s flower, an interview with a local beekeeper who collects this varietal and a recipe that highlights the varietal.

An essential judging criterion is the scope of research you put forth in developing the ideas behind your essay—accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources and the variety of the sources are all evaluated. Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

Applicants are encouraged to practice scholarly writing by synthesizing information from several reputable sources. Plagiarism, or directly copying information without proper citation, is unacceptable.

Formatting Information

Additional National Contest Information

Awards for State and National Winners

  • Cash Prizes to the top 3 State Winners:
    • 1st Place: $250
    • 2nd Place: $100
    • 3rd Place: $50
  • This year’s State award money was generously made possible by the Georgia Beekeepers Association.

Each State winner will move forward to to compete on the national level.

  • Cash Prizes to the top 3 National Winners:
    • 1st Place: $750
    • 2nd Place: $500
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • In addition, the National winners’ essay will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation’s Newsletter.

This year’s National award money was generously made possible by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.

Rules and Regulations

  1. The deadline for the 2017 contest is February 22nd, 2019 at 5 PM. Please submit all entries electronically to Tim Collings, State 4-H Program Specialist at timecol@uga.edu.
  2. Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the national level are not eligible; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter.
  3. Requirements (failure to meet any one requirement disqualifies the essay)
    • Write on the designated subject only.
    • All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
    • A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address,email address, and telephone number must accompany the essay.
    • Length – the essay proper: 750 to 1000 words.
    • The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, nor the essayist’s biographical sketch – which should be on a separate page.
    • Preparation for National Judging: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Prepare your essays double-spaced, 12-pt. Times or similar type style, following standard manuscript format. Submit as a Microsoft Word compatible document.
  4. Essays will be judged on: (A) scope of research – 40%; (B) accuracy – 30%; (C) creativity – 10%; (D) conciseness – 10%; and (E) logical development of the topic – 10%.
  5. Individual essayists should not forward essays directly to the Foundation office. Each state 4-H Office is responsible for selecting the state’s winner and should set its deadline so state judging can be completed at the state level in time for the winning state essay to be mailed to the Foundation office.
  6. Each state may submit only one entry.
  7. Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation’s Essay Committee, whose decision is final.
  8. The National Winner will be announced by the week of May 1st.
  9. All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essay will be returned. National winning essays will be posted at: http://honeybeepreservation.org.


Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. and the Georgia Beekeepers Association.