Waterston Desert Writing Prize Student Competition


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One of the joyful moments for the High Desert Museum this past year was our official adoption of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. We’ve supported this endeavor from the beginning in 2014, and we’re thrilled to help usher in a new era as the Prize grows.

We are pleased to share that we are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Waterston Student Essay Competition. We’d appreciate you encouraging your aspiring creative writers to submit their nonfiction prose addressing any aspect of the High Desert. The competition is open to all high school-age students (grades 9-12), 18 years old or younger, who reside in Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson or Lake counties. Public school, private school and home-schooled students are eligible.

The Waterston Student Essay Competition launched last year. We were blown away by the quality of submissions and the new light young voices brought to the High Desert landscape. The winner was Al Lehto from Redmond Proficiency Academy — you can read more about them at highdesertmuseum.org/waterston-student-prize.

Submissions are accepted through May 1, 2021 at 11:59pm and can be emailed directly to waterston@highdesertmuseum.org. All details and instructions can be found at highdesertmuseum.org/waterston-student-prize.


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