Student Writing Contest: Students K-12

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Student contest: Writing about Place

Hyde Park, NY–To celebrate the National Day on Writing, October 20, THV
invites students to write about places they love in the Hudson River
Valley. With “Writing about Place,” THV joins the National Council of
Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and others to encourage
our desire to write.

The “Writing about Place” contest is open to K-12 students who live and/or
attend school in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Elementary students may submit poems in any style. Secondary students are
invited to write essays or other creative nonfiction; middle school
submissions may be up to 500 words and high school writing up to 750 words.

All writing will be considered for publication on THV’s blog and will be
shared with staff at the place written about. Samples from last year
include a story called Lost in Muscoot, poetry, and an essay about the
Sloop Clearwater called Tug of War.

Three students–one each from an elementary, middle, and high school–will
receive up to $750 to help cover the cost of visiting the place they love
with classmates. Additional prizes are offered by the contest’s cosponsors:
Cary Institute, Hancock Shaker Village, Hudson River Recreation, John Jay
Homestead, New Castle Historical Society, Olana State Historic Site,
Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Scenic Hudson, and the Sloop Clearwater.

Student work will be read by teachers, site staff, THV’s coordinator, and
representatives of NYS DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program,
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, and the Hudson River Valley
Institute at Marist College. Readers will look for evocation of place, a
vivacious voice, and use of conventions appropriate to each student’s age
and development.

Writing must be received by October 31. Word documents or PDFs, along with
signed submission forms, should be e-mailed to More information about the “Writing about
Place” contest, including the submission form, is available at: