|2013 STUDENT CONTEST|
Writing About Place
THV, and our co-sponsors--the Hudson River Valley Foundation and Friends of John Jay Homestead, invite students to write about places they love in the Hudson River Valley.
WHO: K-12 students who live and/or attend school in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
WHAT: Ask students to write about places they love in our Valley.
* Elementary students: a poem of any style.
* Middle schoolers: an essay or creative nonfiction up to 500 words.
* High school students: an essay or creative nonfiction up to 750 words.
All writing will be considered for publication and will be shared with staff at the place written about. Students who submit pieces about places with cultural, historic, or natural significance, that are owned or managed by a not-for-profit or government body, and regularly open to the public will be eligible for prizes. (See below.)
WHEN: Writing must be completed during September or October 2013. E-mail writing as a Word document or PDF, along with this signed submission form, by Monday, November 4. If submitting multiple entries, complete one form and attach a list of titles and authors. Signatures may be scanned. Alternatively, the form--but not student writing--may be faxed to 845-229-7115.
SCORING: Readers will look for evocation of place, a vivacious voice, and use of conventions appropriate to each student's age and development. Student work will be read by teachers, site staff, THV’s coordinator, and representatives of the NYS DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.
PRIZES: THV's blog will publish samples of student work received. THV will also look for opportunities to share student work with other print and on-line outlets.
Three students–one each elementary, middle, and high school–will receive an Explore Award covering trip costs up to $750 so they can share the place they wrote about with their classmates. See the box for additional prizes offered by our co-sponsors. Additional prizes may be added. Watch this space.
OTHER WAYS ADULTS CAN BE INVOLVED.
Photo by Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, National Park Service.