High school students on the North Olympic Peninsula, whether attending public, private or home-schools, are invited to participate in a nature-themed writing contest hosted by the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim.
Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to write a persuasive essay, personal account, poem, short story, or even a screenplay, based on something meaningful they’ve experienced in nature, notes center director Powell Jones. Questions to consider are: How do you connect with nature? What does it add to your life? What do you do to give back?
Submissions of any writing style must be no more than 1,200 words and be the original work of the student. Submissions are judged on content, creativity, overall organization, presentation, grammar and punctuation and adherence to contest rules.
Submission deadline is before 4 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2014. A panel of conservationists and writers judge submissions and select the three top pieces:
• Tim McNulty, poet, conservationist and award-winning author, including “Olympic National Park: A Natural History”
• Nancy Woolley, retired high school English teacher and librarian
The top three winners are contacted during the week of Feb. 10. They will be invited to attend the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s monthly general meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim. First-, second-, and third-place winners are announced during the meeting. Jones selects the grand prize winner.
“We’re excited to offer this contest to all high schoolers throughout Jefferson and Clallam counties,” Jones said. “Kids get to experience nature, be a creative writer and have a chance at winning a really cool prize … it’s a win-win-win.”
Grand prize is a three-day cruise to the San Juan Islands during the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s Olympic BirdFest in April 2014. The winner and her or his chaperone cruise with BirdFest participants on Puget Sound Express’s M/V Glacier Spirit and gets opportunities to see whales, porpoises, seals and a myriad sea birds.
Cruise travelers are accompanied by an expert naturalist.
The prize includes a two-night stay at historical Roche Harbor Resort while touring national and state marine parks. Prize value is about $1,200.
For more information on rules and eligibility, visit http://dungenessrivercenter.org/WritingContest.html. Call the Dungeness River Audubon Center at 681-4076 or e-mail to: RCeducation@olympus.net.