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Writing Contest

Honors the Environment & the Future


January 13, 2017

Aldo Leopold is best known for writing A Sand County Almanac (1949) in which he articulates his lifelong philosophical search for how humans could “live on the land without spoiling it.” This search culminated in his formulation of “The Land Ethic”: “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Leopold’s writing is an inspiring example of the power of the written word to bring about change in the world and in individual lives.

The purpose of the Aldo Leopold Writing Contest is to build on that legacy by inspiring the next generation of citizens to participate in the evolution of the land ethic through the written word. The Aldo Leopold Writing Contest invites New Mexico students in grades six through twelve to read Leopold’s work, especially A Sand County Almanac, and to write an essay on land ethics.

The essays vary in length according to grade category. Students in grades 6-7 write essays no longer than 300 words; grades 8-9 (400 words); grades 10-12 (500 words). Each grade category will be judged separately. A $500 cash prize will be awarded in each age category with an additional $250 worth of books awarded to the school of the overall best essayist. The first place essays will be read at the Awards Ceremony to be held on April 23 2017 at 2:00 pm at the First Annual Leopold Lecture at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Entries must be emailed to [email protected] by February 7, 2017. Go to http://www.LeopoldWritingProgram.org for contest and entry information.

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