Deadline for Entries is
March 22, 2022
Topic is: 

“It was the 100th Anniversary of the American Iris Society in 2020! But we all know lots of events had to be canceled to keep us healthy, so let's look forward to 2021 and celebrating together then! Imagine that you have been asked to plan a special 100+1 anniversary event for your hometown. How would you celebrate irises and AIS with your friends, family, and neighbors? What activities would you plan to share your love of irises with your community?”

The Ackerman Essay Contest Award winners are announced at the AIS National Convention.

The Essay Topic for the Ackerman Essay Contest is printed in the January AIS Bulletin Issue by Cheryl Deaton, the National Youth Director.

Essays should be written in 500 words or less. Mail the Essay to:

Debbie Strauss
2213 Hereford Blvd
Midland, TX 79707-5012

Or send as an attachment to the email address above.

For other questions contact Cheryl Deaton at

Prizes winnings are (beginning for 2019 Contest):

There are three age Divisions:  3-9 Elementary , 10-12 Junior , and 13-18 Senior Division
There are three prizes given in all Categories:  3rd - $25, 2nd - $50, and 1st - $100, for a total of nine prizes.