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Young Writers contest on Jack London’s 145th birthday


Contest theme, “Coping with Isolation,” can help students explore their feelings during the pandemic

Jack London State Historic Park recently announced the opening of its 2021 Young Writers Contest. The announcement comes on the 145th birthday of the park’s namesake, born Jan. 12, 1876.

The program, now in its sixth year, encourages middle school students (grades 6-8) to exercise their writing skills by creating an original 2,000-word story inspired by the works of Jack London.

This year’s theme is “Coping with Isolation.” Contest rules and the entry form can be accessed at

“Beginning as a high school student, Jack London wrote about adventure, travel, and true stories. Throughout his life, he made it a practice to write 1,000 words every day. We want to encourage young writers to discover his works and be inspired to develop their own writing style and voice,” said Matt Leffert, executive director of Jack London State

Historic Park.

All students who enter the contest will receive a free pass for admission to the park, located in Sonoma County, which includes one carload of guests.

The prizes are $200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Due to this year’s unusual circumstances, the submission period has been extended to Mar. 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on Apr. 30. Jack London State Historic Park is operated and funded by Jack London Partners, the first non-profit organization to take up management of a state park on behalf of the people of California. For more information, visit Learn more about the park on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.