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Audubon Canyon Ranch writing contest back for 3rd year

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a North Bay nonprofit leader in conservation science and environmental education, announced a call for entries in the 3rd annual Last House Writing Contest.

The contest honors the style and spirit of M.F.K. Fisher, who lived on ACR’s Bouverie Preserve for the last two decades of her life and whose line, “As soon as we could, we planted,” from The Gastronomical Me, conveys our sense of renewal as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Emerging writers of all ages are invited to submit original, unpublished essays, stories, or articles that examine and explore renewal, rebirth, reemergence, and the many inspirations of life and nature in spring— new growth in all forms. Entries will be accepted in three age categories: Children: 8–12; must have parent or legal guardian’s consent; Youth: 13–17; must have parent or legal guardian’s consent; Adults: 18 and older. The story format should be an essay or short story, submitted as a PDF file; 300–500 words for children and youth, and 750 words for adults 18 and older.

Registration is free for children and $40 for adults. Join as a new member of ACR with a donation of $65, and the entry fee is waived. No preference will be given to ACR members. The deadline for entries is May 31 at 5 p.m. Register at