The only thing more fascinating
than the things we sell...
are the stories you write about them.
With shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars proving that the hunt for rare and special objects appeals to every generation, kids of all ages are encouraged to enter the “Biography of an Object Writing Contest!”
The concept is simple. Choose from one of the following:
~ a 19th C American painted Parcheesi gameboard
~ a 19th C cast iron “Uncle Sam” mechanical bank
~ a 1989 "Clenet Coachworks Cabriolet"
~ a pair of George III silver candlesticks
~ an 18th C Sino-Tibetan gilt Buddha figure
~ a 20th C Tiffany & Co. scarab bracelet
~ a painting of women making lace by A.G. Warshawsky
~ a mid 20th C lounge chair & ottoman by Eames
or search in your local library or on the internet (like the Garth's auction archive) for something that suits your fancy! Once you have found the perfect subject, the fun begins: study the object so that you have a basic framework of facts for your story – but, use your imagination to create a unique and exciting biography for your historic object or work of art!
Entries will be accepted in three divisions:
“Child” (12 and under)
“Adult” (20 and over).
The first prize in each division is valued at over $1,000 and includes a Kindle Fire e-reader, an Amazon.com gift card and subscriptions to all of the websites, newspapers and catalogs produced by our sponsors! Winning entries may be published in sponsor publications. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each division.
October 1 start date
Entries may be submitted through
December 1, 2014.
Winners will be notified on or about January 31, 2015.
For more information about the contest guidelines, prizes and registration, call 740.362.4771 or
Registration Form - Printable pdf
Registration Form - Online
Get inspired by the 2012 Winning Stories!
Get inspired by the 2013 Winning Stories!