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‘It Can Wait’ Essay Contest Details


The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF), local newspapers, and AT&T will again sponsor and challenge Arkansas students ages 14-19 across the state to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the “It Can Wait” pledge.

The essay entry will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never text and drive?” The piece will highlight the dangers of texting while driving and must include the following call to action, “Take the pledge to never text and drive at”

The contest is open to all students, ages 14-19, in Arkansas.

Each Local Newspaper can determine if entries are to be emailed, mailed or hand delivered.

Participating newspapers will first determine the local winner. Each winner’s entry will be delivered to ANF, and the ANF will then determine the statewide winners.

The prize will include $500, a special guided tour of the Arkansas State Capitol and a lunch for the student and their parents with leadership of AT&T, the ANF and their local newspaper publisher.

Also, newspapers may set their own prizes for local winners if they choose. Newspapers may publish local winning entries, and the statewide winning entry will be made available to member papers to publish at their discretion.

Winning entries may be scanned and emailed to Karen Brown at Be sure to include your newspaper’s contact information.



ANF Serialized Stories: William's Story

The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF) periodically makes serialized stories available to Arkansas Press Association member newspapers for inclusion in their publications. They are developed to introduce an educational value to the state's newspapers, promote readership and generate new revenue.


To download one of the stories, go to the appropriate menu item in the "ANF Stories" menu. Each chapter in a given series may be accessed there. Remember there are basic rules and restrictions for reproducing the story, so be sure to download and read the "Reed Me First" document below before running the story.

Questions and comments should be directed to Karen Brown (email:; phone: 479.936.6471).

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