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Calendar ContestChildren’s Essay Contest | Newsletter/Bulletin Competition | Photography Contest

2018 Roses Wall Calendar


Guidelines for 2018 Calendar entries:

  • Photos must be 13 inches by 11 inches AND at least 300 dpi. (Tip: Set your camera options to the highest resolution and picture size possible.)
  • Please identify all roses in photo.
  • The roses must be commercially available.
  • We prefer not to use roses that have been a large photo in the calendar in the last five years. Here is PDF list of roses published since 2008.
  • Limited of 10 submissions per member.
  • Digital photography ONLY.
  • Deadline is June 1, 2017.
  • Email submissions to beth[at]rose[dot]org or you can mail a CD to American Rose Society, ATTN: Editorial, P.O. Box 30000, Shreveport, LA 71130.

Children’s Essay Contest

Children’s Essay Contest

Contact Beth Smiley, beth[at]rose[dot]org

All children ages 12 and younger may take part in the contest. They may use their own rose-related theme or choose one of the following:

• Why the Rose is America’s National Flower

• Why Roses Are the Symbol of Love, Friendship, Beauty and Peace

• Why I Love Roses

• Why My Parents or Grandparents Love Roses

• A fictional story about roses.

Entries may be accompanied by a drawing or painting. Essays should be no more than 400 words. The deadline for submitting entries is June 1, 2017. Entries must be accompanied by a separate page containing the following information: child’s name, age, school grade, parent’s name, address and parent’s phone number or e-mail address for notification of winners. This information must be included on a separate sheet of paper, not on the essay.

Mail entries to: American Rose Society • Children’s Essay Contest • P.O. Box 30000 • Shreveport, LA 71130.

(Updated (01/11/17)

Newsletter/Bulletin Competition

Publications Committee Chair: Patsy Cunningham, patham[at]cox[dot]net
(Approved ARS Board Franklin, Tennessee, March, 2013)

Society editors should submit entries for the Newsletter/Bulletin competition electronically. ie by e-mail, even if normally sent in paper format to their members. Editors that choose not to compete in the competition are still encouraged to submit their newsletters for Award of Merit (AOM) considerations so that outstanding articles may be recognized for their excellence “AOM ONLY” should be designated on the e-mail subject line.

Publication Committee Members and Contact Information
All Electronic Division entries must be sent to all members of the committee as listed in the Jan/Feb issue of American Rose and on the ARS website (, members only, committees); or contact the American Rose Society headquarters office for the current listing.

Rules of Competition
The ARS conducts an annual competition to recognize outstanding publication of local societies and districts. It is conducted by the ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee and is open to all ARS Local Societies and Districts.

There are two categories for publications, one for local societies and one for districts. The category for local societies is further subdivided into Class A and Class B. There are no subdivisions for District newsletters/bulletins.

  • Class A subdivision is for small rose societies, consisting of 65 (+/-10) members or fewer (upper limit =75).
  • Class B subdivision is for large rose societies, consisting of 76 members or more.
  • The number of members is based on the circulation size of their newsletters, minus courtesy exchanges, and is designated by the editor or publisher.
  • Organizations that fall between the 65-75 member range will have the freedom to choose  A or B newsletter range, per their preference. Once this class election is made, it remains in effect for the year.
  • As a recommendation, electronic newsletter size should be kept less than 2 megabytes, to facilitate download.
  • Newsletter/Bulletins should be sent to the designated ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee members including the chairman, and ARS. Members are listed in the announcement of competition in the January/February issue of American Rose, the ARS and YOU electronic newsletter, and are posted on the ARS website.
  • The subject line for the e-mail submissions to committee members must contain the full society name to prevent confusion.
  • Publications should be e-mailed at the same time as they are e-mailed to members or subscribers. To qualify for an award, the committee must receive at least four issues of the local newsletter/bulletins, and at least two issues of district newsletter/bulletins.
  • In addition to the newsletters/bulletin competition, the committee will recognize individual articles and special publications for Awards of Merit. Individual articles from newsletter/bulletins or special, one time only, publications are selected for Award of Merit by members of the committee. There are no classes for special or one time publications submitted for Award of Merit. The rules and point breakdown can be found in the Contests section on the ARS website (
  • Paper newsletters will be accepted for Award of Merit (AOM) awards only. AOM awards are given to outstanding articles recognized for their excellence. Editors that choose not to compete in the competition are still encouraged to submit their newsletters for Award of Merit (AOM) considerations. “AOM Only” should be designated on the cover or e-mail subject line
  • A society must enter the competition by June 10 in order to be eligible for awards, though it still may be considered for AOM after that date. Newsletters must be received by January 10 to be eligible for scoring in the previous year’s competition.
  • Members of the ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee, except the chairperson, evaluate and score newsletter/bulletins submitted for competition. A committee member and his/her family may not evaluate and score the newsletter/bulletin from his/her society or district.

Electronic Newsletter/Bulletin Scoring

Local Society Newsletter/Bulletins Scale of Points

  • 30 points — Rose horticulture information — Use of original, locally authored articles is weighted most heavily in this category. Reprinting articles from other authors is permitted, but the articles should be relative to the locale of the rose society; i.e., rose growing in Maine requires different techniques than in California. Reprints should be useful information for readers, not space fillers. Credit should be given to the author and source of any reprinted articles.
  • 10 points — Other rose-related information — Articles on rose arranging, history, photography, art, rose botany, recipes, drying of roses, exhibiting techniques and reports by members at district or national conventions are the types of subjects to be considered.
  • 20 points — Local society information and promotion — Meeting minutes, board actions, new members, membership drives, rose shows, local Roses in Review results, community efforts and pruning parties at public gardens are the type considered for these points.
  • 15 points — Upcoming program information — Include times and dates for upcoming meetings, speaker bios, and rose shows of nearby societies.
  • 10 points — ARS and District information — Can include information on items available from ARS, announcements of conventions, district seminars, ARS membership information, Christmas in Roseland information.
  • 15 points — Overall Appearance and Workmanship — Neat and orderly design of publication for easy reading, straightforward navigation, effective use of color, optimized web graphics, interactive functioning web links, e-mail addresses, etc. The newsletter/bulletin should be devoid of typos and misspellings.

District Newsletter/Bulletins Scale of Points

  • 30 points — District Information and Promotion — Announcement of meetings, seminars, reports of district meetings, committee assignments and district award winners.
  • 20 points — ARS Promotion and Information — News about national conventions, membership drives and special programs such as Home Depot seminars.
  • 20 points — Rose horticulture information — Articles by the district’s top growers on planting, growing, fertilizing, etc.
  • 10 points — Other rose-related information — Exhibiting techniques, biographies of notable members of the district and promoting participation in Rose in Review are examples of rose-related information.
  • 10 points — News/information from Local Rose Societies — Successful programs by local societies, membership drives, programs to retain members. Complete listings of local society rose show results require a large amount of space and should be held to a minimum. Such reports are more appropriate when limited to a listing of winners of top awards.
  • 10 points — Overall Appearance and Workmanship — Neat and orderly design of publication for easy reading. The newsletter/bulletin should be devoid of typos and misspellings.

2016 – 2018 Newsletter Committee Members

Patsy Cunningham (chair)patham[at]cox[dot]net


  • ARS Headquarters Beth[at]rose[dot]org
  • Richard Anthony rja4cpa[at]aol[dot]com
  • Karen Barnes barneskw[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Brenna Bosch brennabosch[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Linda Burg ldburg[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Pat Colburn 5647south[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Ann Gibson ambushe[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Suzanne Horn ladyredlhw[at]aol[dot]com
  • Barbara Norkus bnorkus[at]caprirealestate[dot]net
  • Jacqui Nye funjac[at]hotmail[dot]com
  • Gary Osborn  gosborn[at]]iowatelecom[dot]net
  • Linda Osborn lolospem[at]gmail[dot]com
  • William Reynolds pandbreynolds[at]aol[dot]com
  • Robyn Wilkerson rwnewsltr[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Sheree Wright dixie3.rose[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Andy Vanable avanable1[at]cox[dot]net

(Updated 3/5/2018)


Digital Photography Contest – Updated March, 2017

Click here to see the winners of 2016

Click here to download the entry form/rules & guidelines


Mailing Instructions:

Send all digital photographs directly to: Curtis Aumiller, 5 Brentwood Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011-2529 — Phone: (717)612-1575 — E-mail:

When submitting digital pictures, they must be placed on a CD, DVD or thumb drive in one directory. Make sure they can be read by a Windows compatible computer and are properly packaged for safe delivery. Photos that are in a “program” to be viewed will be disqualified. E-mailed photos will not be accepted.

All entries must be accompanied by the completed entry form. Entries received without the completed entry form will be disqualified.

The CD/DVD/drive will not be returned and should have the contestant’s name, e-mail and address printed on the CD/DVD/drive.

Any individual that enters this contest gives express permission for the American Rose Society to produce their photographs for educational and/or display purposes with a credit line to the photographer whenever possible. The photographer retains the copyright of the photo. The American Rose Society may use the photograph in any publication or magazine, but will not sell the photograph. Any inquiries about the sale of the photograph will be referred to the photographer.

Click here for the Middle/High School Digital Photography Contest