The Leopold Writing Program invites sixth–12th graders from New Mexico to submit original essays for the Aldo Leopold Writing Contest.
Students from all over the state are invited to submit original essays inspired by Aldo Leopold’s conservationist and writer work.
The contest encourages students read Leopold’s work, particularly A Sand County Almanac, then to write an essay about land ethics.
This year’s essay prompt asks students to answer the following question: What actions have your taken to tend the land? (such as protecting soil, animals, wildlife habitat, water resources, etc.)Or, what are your ideas about how you and other young people can counteract the effects of climate change on the different elements in your local environment?
Entries for the 2022 contest are due to LeopoldWritingContest@usgo.net by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 15. Notifications will be sent to award-winning essayists and teachers by March 24. Visit leopoldwritingprogram.org/writing-contest.html for full contest details, instructions and entry forms.
From three grade categories, the first place essays will receive consideration: 6-7 to 8-9, 10-12 and 10-12. Students from New Mexico can participate in the contest.
Each essayist will be awarded a $750 prize. The judges may award a $250 bonus to the essayist with the best overall essay.