Mary Harris Prizes essay contest deadline approaching

| October 20, 2020
The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum announced the Mary Harris Prizes essay contest for nonfiction writing. The deadline is fast approaching. All entries must be submitted to JHM by Sunday, Nov. 1. Essays must be 1,000-3,000 words and relate to the Coshocton Frontier. The competition is open to persons of any age who reside or work in Coshocton County including students whose permanent home is in Coshocton County.
The competition has $3,000 allotted for prize money: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and five $200 prizes for honorable mention. A $500 award also will be granted at the discretion of the judges. Award winners will be announced at the museum on Thursday, Nov. 12 following the Scholarly Chat with Dr. Scott Butler.
Essays must have some connection, possibly tenuous, to the Coshocton Frontier, which is defined as 18th-century Coshocton County. Only nonfiction with proper citations will be accepted. Works will be judged on writing quality, exposition of topic and accuracy. Essays that won first, second or third place in previous years are ineligible. Other previously submitted entries may be resubmitted in whole or altered. Winners may enter with a new essay.
Entries must include name and contact information of applicant on a separate cover sheet and must be able to be edited by JHM staff to remove for blind judging. PDFs and other file types not able to be edited are not accepted. Due to COVID-19, paper copies will not be accepted.
Examples for topics include history, people, culture, Native American nations, languages, flora and fauna, hunting, agriculture, child care, personal dress, make-up and body decoration, religion, philosophy, literature and more. Complete details about the competition are available at the JHM and on its website. Submissions can be made by email to [email protected]
The JHM is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and is located in Historic Roscoe Village at 300 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton.
For more information call the museum at 740-622-8710, email [email protected] or visit

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