may, 2022

31mayAll DayThird Annual M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing ContestCelebrating author M.F.K. FisherUSAEntry Fee:$40 (free for children) Max word count:750 Top Prize:M.F.K. Fisher books and press release, blog post and social promotion of winning essays

Event Details

The Third Annual Last House Writing Contest will once again be offered for children, youth, and adults who do not currently write professionally.

Theme: In the spirit of M.F.K. Fisher, we ask emerging writers to focus on renewal, rebirth, reemergence, and the many inspirations of life and nature in spring—new growth in all forms. The following quote from The Gastronomical Me sums up our thoughts as we emerge from the past two years and we feel it expresses so well the sentiments of renewal and spring, ” As soon as we could, we planted.”

Format: Writers are invited to submit an original, unpublished essay, short story, or poem in PDF format, 300–500 words for children and youth, 750 words maximum for adults 18 and older. Please include your name on 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

The esteemed panel of judges includes the following:

Mitchell Davis, Author, Consultant; Kennedy Golden, Educator, daughter of M.F.K. Fisher; Michele Anna Jordan, Author, Writer, Radio Host; Carolyn Jung, Author, Food Journalist; Krishnendu Ray, Author, Sociologist, Past Chair NYU Department of Nutrition & Food Studies; Ruth Reichl, Author, Editor; Kathleen Squires, Food & Travel Writer; Randall Tarpey-Schwed, Author, Bibliographer, Podcaster; and Alice Waters, Chef, Author, Activist.

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