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 what it would be like:
"If Trees Could Talk"
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
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 13 - March 3, 2014. All entries must be postmarked by
March 3, 2014, and mailed to:
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Attn: GGYC Creative Writing Contest
551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3
Charlotte, MI 48813
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. One overall Grand Prize will also be awarded.
Here's what you need to get started:
Entry Scoring Rubric
Full Contest Description (rules, prizes, eligibility, etc.)
Congratulations to all of our 2013 contest winners!
Grand Prize: Nathaniel C. from Bloomfield Twp.
9th - 12th
1st Place: Jordan M. from Brooklyn
2nd Place: Ellen Z. from Troy
3rd Place: Zach C. from Northville
5th - 8th
1st Place: Julianna K. from Oakland
2nd Place: Jessica R. from Perry
3rd Place: Kayla D. from St. Johns
K - 4th
1st Place: Mattye T. from Beverly Hills
2nd Place: Anna R. from Northville
3rd Place: Sophia W. from Beverly Hills
* Click each name to view their entry *