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7th Annual Young Writers Contest

Presented by Jack London Park Partners at Jack London State Historic Park, CA

Mar 31 2022
7th Annual Young Writers Contest

Writing contest for Middle School Students, 6th-8th grade

Deadline for Submissions:  March 31

Jack London Park Partners presents the 7th Annual Young Writer’s Contest

Time to get creative and write your fictional short story for this year’s contest!

For 2022 we are choosing a positive focus and envisioning brighter days ahead for everyone. To support this, the theme of the contest is “Building Brighter Communities.”

Famous author and adventurer Jack London decided to try his hand at farming and purchased rural land on Sonoma Mountain.

But having a quiet farm up a mountain slope wasn’t enough for him, he needed it to be a place of progressive change where he could model “green” farming techniques and create his version of a cooperative community where all residents would have fair working conditions and a great quality of life. This was his “Ranch of Good Intentions.”

Your challenge is to write a fictional story where your character(s) create and dwell in a community of their own invention that is unique, different, emerging, or overcomes something challenging.

Be creative in describing how your community works while still telling us an entertaining story.

We want to see what a “brighter community” looks like through your eyes!

  • All students who enter the contest will receive one free day pass for admission to the park, which includes one carload of guests (up to nine passengers).
  • The prizes are $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. 
  • The contest is judged blindly by a panel of volunteers (not employees of Jack London Park Partners).  
  • The submission period ends March 31, 2022. Winners will be announced in April.

Rules and Entry Form


No fee to enter

Contact: (707) 938-5216


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Deadline for Submissions:  March 31


Jack London State Historic Park

2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, 95442, CA

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