Writing about Place: Contest for Hudson Valley Students

Hyde Park, NY ā€“ Each year Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) invites children and teens, grades K-12, to tell us about places in the Hudson Valley that have special meaning for them. Here is the key information. The deadline is midnight, Monday, November 7.

Eligibility. Students who live and/or attend school in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area including Westchester, Ulster, Saratoga, Rockland, Rensselaer, Putnam, Orange, Greene, Dutchess, Columbia, and Albany counties are eligible. Work should be recent -- completed during summer or fall of 2016 -- and submitted by midnight, Monday, November 7.

What to write. Students in grades K-4 write poems, paragraphs, or short stories about museums, historic sites, or parks in their community or elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. Older students may choose one of two prompts www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/prompts2016/, designed to provoke more complex thinking and writing.

Awards. All submissions will be considered for publication on THVā€™s blog. The classes of three students ā€“ one each from grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 ā€“ will receive up to $900 to cover transportation and admission fees so they can share their place with classmates. To be considered for prizes, places written about must be regularly open to the public, have cultural, historic, or natural significance; and be owned or managed by a not-for-profit or government entity.

Evaluation. Readers will look for evocation of place, a lively style, and use of conventions appropriate to each student's age and development. Submissions will be read by teachers and staff from museums, historic sites, NYS DEC's Estuary Program, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.

Parents, teachers or others with questions regarding Writing about Place may get get guidelines, prize information, and other details at www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/writingoverview2016/. For additional questions contact THV at info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org or 845-229-9116, ext. 2035.

For samples of last year's writing, see the full release at the link below.