HARDWICK, VT. >> The publisher of a weekly newspaper in northern Vermont is extending an essay contest to find a new owner of the Hardwick Gazette after failing to get enough entries.

Ross Connelly said Thursday that he has received under 100 entries since the contest started in June.

The entry fee is $175. Contestants are expected to write up to 400 words about their skills and vision for owning a weekly newspaper with paid subscriptions.

Connelly had hoped to get at least 700 essays from which to pick a winner.

The contest has been extended to Sept. 20.