GGYC Creative Writing Contest
Inspiring Youth to Go Green


The Go Green Youth Challenge Program is proud to present our Creative Writing Contest!



We all know that trees are important to the environment.  They provide food, shelter, cooling shade, and of course, oxygen so we can breathe.  But what role do trees play in your life?  Do you have a favorite tree?  Were trees important in a special memory?  How do trees make your community a better place to live?  Do you think it’s important to plant and care for trees?  What do you think your neighborhood would look like without them?

We encourage all K-12th grade Michigan students to express their creativity to tell us:

"If You Were A Tree What Tree Would You Be and Why?"


Contest Rules:

1.  Submissions must be original works with limited involvement from adults or teachers

2.  Only one entry per student is allowed - student must be a Michigan resident

3.  If an entire class/group participates, please send only the top 3 pieces.  Be sure to include on the entry form the total number of students who participated.

4.  Essay, short story, poem, or any other type of creative writing is acceptable. Additional poetry guidelines listed below.

5.  Entries must be 350 words or less; word count does not include titles or headings  

6.  Entries must be written in English, typed, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman

7.  If there are multiple pages, please staple and include page numbers

8.  A completed entry form must be included with submission

9.  Contest runs from January 12 - March 9, 2015.  All entries must be postmarked by

March 9, 2015, and mailed to:

 Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Attn:  GGYC Creative Writing Contest
551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3
Charlotte, MI  48813

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Poetry Rules:

1.  Poetry text does NOT have to be double spaced, stanzas can be separated according to poem form/type or personal choice

2.  One poem entry per student

3.  Typed, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman

4.  Length limited to 2 page maximum

5.  All other rules listed above regarding originality, entry form, deadline, etc. also apply


Contest entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and Originality
  • Appropriateness to Contest Theme
  • Use & Strength of Language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choices, etc.)
  • Ability to Follow Guidelines

There are three age categories:  K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  Entries will only be judged against those in their own category (i.e. a contest entry from K-4 will not be compared to one from 9-12).  This contest is free of charge - no entry fee!  Students are urged to draw on personal experience.  And remember, creativity counts!


Plus, there are Prizes!  You may even win trees for your school or community.

There will be a First, Second, and Third Place for each age group. 


Here's what you need to get started:

Invitation Letter

Entry Form

Entry Scoring Rubric

Full Contest Description (rules, prizes, eligibility, etc.)



 Congratulations to all of our 2014 contest winners!  

K - 4th

1st Place:  Juliet S. from Albion

2nd Place:  Nathaniel C. from Bloomfield Twp.

3rd Place:  Leandra S. from Middleville

5th - 8th

1st Place:  Madison M. from Clarkston

2nd Place:  Krupa P. from Belleville

3rd Place:  Emily P. from Ortonville

9th - 12th

1st Place:  Ellen Z. from Troy

2nd Place:  Elizabeth F. from St. Johns

3rd Place:  Ethan M. from Brooklyn


* Click each name to view their entry *


A BIG Thank You to all our partners and sponsors who make the State Arbor Day Celebration a success: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, ITC, DTE Energy Foundation, MSU Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks & Rec., Potter Park Zoo, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Ayles Tree Service, Forestry & Public Service-City of Lansing, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Van Pines Nursery, Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Humanities Council.

We would also like to thank all the volunteer presenters and their organizations for making the State Arbor Day Celebration a wonderful event!

Thank You to our Go Green Youth Challenge Sponsors!