April 7, 2010
Food for Thought: Hoosier Food Stories

Photo Courtesy of Center for Food Integrity

The Indiana Humanities Council has joined with the Indiana State Fair to create a humanities writing contest for its signature program, Food for Thought, which engages Hoosiers in discussions about food and how it helps define Indiana’s culture. With this in mind, the Council asks you to write a short story or essay about an Indiana memory related to food. It might be about a special occasion, a funny incident, a favorite dish, or an ethnic specialty. You may also attach an appropriate recipe or photo to your entry. If applicable, winners may be asked to re-create a recipe to be displayed at the Indiana State Fair. Learn more here.  (Click on Department 114)

For a sample entry, read Sheryl Vanderstel’s Sugar Cookie memory, here.


1st place: $750 2nd place: $500 3rd place: $250


1. The judges seek all types of stories from all types of people about Indiana’s food history, told in an original and creative manner. Submissions will be judged on the following:

a. Creativity: 30%

b. Clarity: 30%

c. Relevance to Topic (Hoosier Food Stories): 20%

d. Relevance to Indiana: 20%

2. One entry per person.

3. There are no age requirements.

4. Entry must be on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, typed, double-spaced, not to exceed 1,000 words.

5. On a separate 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper, print or type the following information: Name, address, phone number, county, class and exhibitor number.

6. Participants can attach up to three pictures and/or a recipe card to help describe the story.

7. The Indiana Humanities Council and the Indiana State Fair reserves a royalty-free, non-exclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use

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3 responses to “Food for Thought: Hoosier Food Stories”

  1. Sue says:

    Hi – I have a couple questions,
    What is the deadline for entry? and
    what is the mailing address for entry?


  2. Debi Hurt says:

    I would love to enter this contest, but I don’t see where we mail our entry to. Also, is there a cost to enter?

    Debi Hurt
    Columbus, Indiana

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