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SHORT-STORY CONTEST FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITERS
Friends of Anderson Park is sponsoring its second annual short-story contest. Middle schoolers at all Montclair schools -- public, private, or home-schooled -- are eligible. Stories will be judged by professional authors. Winners will each receive $75 and be invited to a reading and reception at Watchung Booksellers in March.
Any genre, although language and subject matter should follow guidelines that apply in school. Anderson Park must play a role in the story.
500 to 2,500 words.
Typed, double-spaced, with numbered pages. The author's name, phone number, email, grade, and school name should be on every page. Address questions to email@example.com
or Ann Evans at (201)792-6892
Midnight on February 15, 2020. Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about Anderson Park is at FriendsOfAndersonPark.com
|Friends of Anderson Park at Work
- Plant trees and shrubs guided by the historic Olmsted plan. Since 2006 we have planted more than 160 trees and 60 shrubs in partnership with Essex County, the park's owner.
- Successfully nominated the park to the National Register of Historic Places, and prepared an in-depth history of this century-old park.
- Apply for grants to further rehabilitate the park's historic landscape and interpret its history.
- Consulted in design decisions to ensure that features such as lamp posts, pavers and bathrooms were compatible with the historic Olmsted design during a $1 million facelift by Essex County.
- Hired a certified tree expert and worked with landscape historians and botanists to prepare a survey of the park's existing trees, consult historic planting maps and select species for future plantings.
- Conduct an annual historic walking tour in May.
- Educate and involve the community in the park's stewardship through clean-ups, public presentations and projects with service organizations.
- Plan activities and events with an environmental focus for youth groups and children.