Call for Entries: Fourth Annual Last House Writing Contest

May 17, 2023
- 12:00 am
to 5:00 pm

Deadline for submission of entries: May 17, 2023. REGISTER TODAY! >

The Fourth Annual Last House Writing Contest accepts entries from children, youth, and adults who do not currently write professionally.

Theme: Readers and critics have often remarked that much of the writings of M.F.K. Fisher focus on hunger: for life, love, nature in all its forms, pleasure, companionship, and much, much more. This year let hunger of every sort be our theme. Emerging writers are invited to explore hunger’s many forms and how we satisfy, ignore, or otherwise address this most basic and fundamental force of human existence.

Format: Writers are invited to submit an original unpublished essay or short story (poetry not accepted this year) in PDF format, 300–500 words for children and youth, 750 words maximum for adults 18 and older. Please include your name at the top of your submission.

Entries 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

Entry fee:

FREE for Children and Youth under 18. $40/Adults. Optional: Join as a new member of Audubon Canyon Ranch with your donation of $65. or more and your entry fee is waived. (No preference will be given to members of Audubon Canyon Ranch.)

Winners will be announced on our website (, and social media (@auduboncanyonranch). All winners will receive a phone call.

Prizes include:
— $500.00 awarded to the grand prize winner
— Gift certificates to Riverbank Reader
— Certificates awarded to first, second, and third-place essays in each age category
— Your submission will be featured in Audubon Canyon Ranch publications

Proceeds will benefit the preserves and programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Learn more about our mission here:

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