Youth Cover Essay Contest Open

AFDCS YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST RETURNS

"Every Cover Has A Story," the American First Day Cover Society contest which invites young people to write essays about their favorite philatelic covers, is back.

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The contest is open to youths in five age groups, through age 18. Entries must arrive by July 18.

Those entering choose the cover – first day cover, event cover, or any other piece of mail – and write a story about it. The story and cover are both mounted on a single 8-1/2"x11" sheet of paper. Each contestant may enter only once a year, but membership in the AFDCS, by the entrant or a relative, is not required. Entrants do not have to produce the FDC or cachet themselves.

Four winners will be chosen within each of the age groups – Grand Award, First Place, Second Place and Third Place. The winning exhibit pages will be displayed at Americover 2012, which is being held August 10-12 in Irvine, Calif. Every participant will receive a certificate.

Prizes will consist of certificates, several first day covers, and stamp collecting booklets or other materials appropriate for the age group.

There is no cost to enter the "Every Cover Has A Story" contest. Contest details can be downloaded here.

ECHAS was an annual contest from 2001-07, and new AFDCS Youth Coordinators Adriana and Jeff Hayward hope to run ECHAS annually again.

"Nothing is more exciting than having the chance to share something from our collection that means so much to us," said Jeff. "It brings us together."

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