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My Hawaiʻi Story Project 2019

My Hawaiʻi Story Contest 2019

*Please be patient with the system as it records your work*

Entries are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.
View full flyer here.

The 2019 My Hawai‘i creative writing contest is open to all middle school students (6–8th grade) in the state. Students are invited to submit their best story or poem that addresses the theme: “He ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani au: Resilience in the Face of Change” which aligns with the 2019 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference theme.

This theme highlights the need to protect our island home, and connect, share, and inspire young middle-school children with the common goal of caring for our natural land and ocean resources.

Entries should tell a story, not simply share information. Acrostic poems (where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase) will not be accepted.

* All middle school students in Hawai‘i are eligible.
* Only one entry per student will be accepted.
* All entries must be submitted electronically. (No mailed entries will be accepted.)

Entries are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Submit contact information in the entry form online, but do not reveal the student’s name or school anywhere in the submission to maintain anonymity in the evaluation process. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with no access to student identification information or grade level.

By submitting an entry, the student and school authorize the My Hawai‘i Story Project to use the stories or poems for educational purposes including, but not limited to, print and web materials.

All entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Theme relevance – how well did you connect to the theme and to Hawaii’s unique environment?
  • Clarity of message – how well did you express your ideas?
  • Creativity and originality – your work must be your own!

Entries will be assessed by how well you express your ideas using appropriate grammar and writing style.

Winning entries will be announced on May 17, 2019.
The winning entries will be published in the My Hawai‘i Story anthology. Winners will receive a copy of the anthology, award certificate, and other special prizes. We hope all contest winners will be able to attend the awards ceremony at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference in July 2019.

This flyer is available here. We encourage you to pass the flyer on to teachers and post it for students and parents.

Questions? Contact:

The Pacific Writers’ Connection
Hawai‘i Coastal Zone Management Program
Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance
Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation
Hawai‘i Department of Education
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Division of Aquatic Resources
Hawai‘i Environmental Education Alliance
National Park Service – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Polynesian Voyaging Society

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