Entries for the Live Deliberately Essay Contest are currently being accepted. This program is open any youth around the world. They must be betweeen 14 and 21 years of age. To apply, candidates are required to submit their essay no later than March 15, 2017.
The Walden Woods Project & Thoreau Institute is offering Live Deliberately Essay Contest to youth students aged 14 – 21 around the world. The Project achieves its mission through the integration of conservation, education, research, and advocacy. The 2016-2017 contest will have three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21.
One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden.
Level and Area of Studies: Any.
Place of Study: Any.
Eligibility and Criteria
- The contest is open to youth around the world. Youth must be at least 14 years and no older than 21 years of age at the time of submission. Past winners are not eligible to participate.
- Each contestant who is 17 years of age or younger must have a teacher, club advisor, parent, or other adult sponsors. The sponsor will serve as the contact between the Walden Woods Project and the student. He or she should also review the contestant’s work prior to submission to ensure that it meets essay guidelines.
There is no nationality restriction.
To apply, please write an essay (max. 750 words) on the given topic as follow:
Consider the different meanings of trees, cultivation, and soil as Thoreau uses them in the passages above. What guidance does Thoreau offer us in these quotations about living a deliberate life full of humanity and meaning? How do you “cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil” and why is that important? Use specific examples to support your ideas.
15 March 2017.