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Dungeness River Audubon Center

Nature Writing Contest

Official Rules


The writing contest is open to all north Olympic Peninsula public, private, or home-schooled high school students in grades 9-12. All styles of writing are accepted, including but not limited to: essays, poetry, short stories. Students or teachers may submit new material or material previously submitted for a school assignment. The submitted piece must be about nature.


The theme for the writing contest is very flexible. The only rule is that the written piece must be about nature. Any style of writing is acceptable. Use your imagination! Examples of writing include: Persuasive essay, personal account, poem, short story, screenplay, etc.


All entries must be typed. Include the following information on a cover letter of the entry:


Full Name

Date submitted




Home Address

Phone Number

E-mail Address

In addition, the title of the entry and page numbers must be on each page of the entry.

Submissions must be no more than 1200 words. Any style of writing is accepted. If sources are used (i.e. in a persuasive or informative essay), they must be properly cited in MLA style. All pieces must be typed.

Entries may be submitted by the teacher on behalf of the student or directly by the student. Writing pieces must be the original work of the student.

OFFICIAL DEADLINE: 4:00 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2014

Please submit your final entry to Becca Nissley at RCEducation@Olympus.net (preferred). You can also drop off or mail entries to:

Dungeness River Audubon Center

ATTN: Writing Contest

2151 W Hendrickson Rd.

P.O. Box 2450

Sequim, WA 98382


Pieces will be judged on content, creativity, overall organization and presentation, grammar and punctuation, as well as adherence to contest rules.

Selection of the top three pieces will be determined by:

Tim McNulty – Poet, conservationist, and author, including “Olympic National Park:  A Natural History”

John Woolley – Retired teacher and active conservationist

Nancy Woolley – Retired high school English teacher and librarian

Selection of prizes will be determined by:

Powell Jones, Director

Bob Boekleheide, Biologist & Naturalist

First Prize: A 3-day cruise to the beautiful San Juan Islands during Olympic Bird Fest in April 2014. Your parent or guardian will receive a ticket as well. This grand prize has been generously donated by Bob Sheridan and Laura Dubois.

Second & Third Prizes will also be awarded.

The top three finalists will be contacted during the week of February 10th.  The finalists will be invited to attend the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s monthly general meeting at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim on Wednesday, February 19th at 7PM.  First, second, and third placements will be announced during the meeting.