AcadiaCentennialLogoFinalCentennial Flash Writing Contest

2016 is Acadia National Park’s centennial year. 100 WORDS FOR ACADIA invites writers of all stripes to pen an original piece of no more than 100-words about Acadia in any genre, be it a poem, story, editorial, song, letter, or something else entirely.

All entries will be judged on literary merit. There is no entry fee. Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to September 30, 2016. In November 2016, one adult first-place winner, two adult runners-up (18 and older), and one youth first-place winner, two youth runners-up (17 and younger) will be notified. (Please see full submission guidelines below).

Adult Winner & Youth Winner each receive:

  • $300 cash prize
  • Friends of Acadia cap
  • One-year Friends of Acadia membership
  • Signed copy of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr by Ronald H. Epp
  • Signed copy of Historic Acadia National Park: The Stories Behind One of the America’s Great Treasures by Catherine Schmitt
  • 2017 Acadia calendar and a subscription to Down East.
  • Youth first-place winner receives one-day round-trip bus journey to Acadia National Park for teacher and classmates to visit park areas and meet with rangers. Applies to Maine schools only. Teachers: If your student wins first prize, you may apply to the Friends of Acadia Yellow Bus Fund for a full transportation scholarship for the class, which will be automatically granted. Logistics will be worked out then. Visit:

Winners & Runners-up receive:

  • Publication in Down East Magazine
  • Publication on Acadia Centennial website, www.
  • Congratulatory notice in The Peavey, e-newsletter of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
  • 2017 Acadia calendar from Down East.


  • Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
  • Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East
  • Kent Olson, President and CEO, Friends of Acadia 1995-2006

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions may be up to but no more than 100-words.
  • Submission Formatting: 12-point New Times Roman (or similar typeface), double-spaced, standard 8-1/2 x 11. Poetry may be single-spaced. Submit files as doc, docx, or pdf.
  • Please include title, name, email, phone, short bio, and date of birth at the top of your entry.
  • One piece per entrant. Submissions not acknowledged.
  • Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2016.
  • By entering, contestant agrees sponsors may promote their work and use their biographical information and likeness.
  • Entrants retain all copyright to their work.
  • Submit to:
  • Questions/more information (no phone calls, please):
  • Eligibility: Anyone may enter 100 WORDS FOR ACADIA except for employees of Down East Enterprises, Friends of Acadia, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.


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