Deadline for entry is February 6, 2018
Download application here or visit LeopoldWritingProgram.org
All students enrolled in grades 6-12 in public, private and home schools in the state of New Mexico. Students must submit original work and have a sponsoring teacher sign the contest entry form. One entry per person.
- Grades 6-7: no longer than 300 words $500 First Place
- Grades 8-9: no longer than 400 words $500 First Place
- Grades 10-12: no longer than 500 words $500 First Place
- Bonus Prize: $250 in books for the school of the overall best entry
Your story should reflect an understanding of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, but does not have to be limited by it. Leopold understood there is not just one land ethic: “I have purposely presented the land ethic as a product of evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever written... It evolves in the minds of a thinking community.” You may interpret “local” to mean your own immediate neighborhood or the entire southwest region of the United States. We encourage you to read “The Land Ethic” and other essays by Aldo Leopold as part of your preparation. These can be found in A Sand County Almanac, available at local libraries, bookstores, and on the internet.
Entries may be typed or handwritten. The entry must NOT identify the author, sponsor, or school so judging can be anonymous. Completed entries must be scanned into a pdf file. The completed entry form (attached) must be scanned into a separate pdf file.
Both files must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Aldo Leopold Writing Contest” in the subject line of the email submission. In rare cases, submission guidelines may be altered to overcome technological barriers. Please call Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico at (505) 268-5337 if an alternative submission strategy is required. Alternative submissions will only be accepted with prior approval from Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.
Deadline for entry is February 6, 2018. Teachers, we invite you to incorporate this contest into your Spring Semester planning. Also, please share this opportunity with your students and colleagues!