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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

Jun 14 2021 - 9:00am
Last House

The Second Annual  Last House Writing Contest will once again be offered for children, youth and adults who do not currently write professionally. In the spirit of  M.F.K. Fisher’s How To Cook A Wolf and the power and magic of survival skills, we ask emerging writers to examine and explore how leaning into nature—ours inside and the world around us—helps us always, and, in particular, in challenging times.  How we look at the foods we prepare, eat and share, and how we engage with the natural world around us has so much to do with our very ability to survive and thrive.

Deadline for submissions is August 2, 2021.

CLICK HERE to register.

Proceeds will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch's programs and the continuing restoration of Last House.

Our esteemed panel of judges: 

Dr. Marion Nestle, Educator, Author
Ruth Reichl, Author, Editor
Tanya Holland, Chef, Author, Restaurateur
John Ash, Chef, Teacher, Radio Host
Kennedy Golden, Educator, M.F.K. Fisher’s daughter
Kathleen Thompson Hill, Journalist, Author, Radio Host
Mayukh Sen, Writer, Educator
Traci Des Jardins, Chef, Restaurateur
Celia Sack, Omnivore, Books on Food
Alice Waters, Chef, Author, Activist 

Entry fee: 

$35/Adults. Join as a new member of ACR with a donation of $65 and entry fee is waived. (No preference will be given to ACR members.)

FREE for Children and Youth, Sponsored by Sonoma Valley Chapter of The North Bay Association of Realtors.

We are grateful to the Sonoma Valley Chapter of North Bay Association of Realtors for their financial contribution, which enables ACR to waive the suggested donation (entry fee) for children and youth, removing any barrier to their participation in this writing contest.



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