BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and “Down East” Magazine recently announced the six winners of “100 Words for Acadia,” a writing contest celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday.
Writers of all ages were invited to submit up to 100 words in any genre – flash fiction, micro essay, poetry, etc.
Thomas R. Moore, of Belfast, won first place in the adult category for his poem “Acadian Wild.”
First runner-up was Weslea Sidon of Mount Desert Island for her essay titled “Coffee Break.” Second place went to David Sloan (“A Rising,” poem), who teaches in New Gloucester.
The top youth prize went to New Hampshire resident Sarah Lyon, 12, for her poem “Acadia Awakening.” First runner-up was Devin P. Quinn, now 18, who has been travelling full-time for six years in a 35-foot RV with his family, for an essay titled “Listen.” Caribou High School student Ciara Richards, 17, took second runner-up honors for the poem “Acadia National Park.”
Prizes include $300 for first place in each category and publication in the February issue of “Down East.”
“It heartens us that so many young writers participated,” said David MacDonald, president and CEO of Friends of Acadia. “Some submitted individually. Others entered in classroom groups, inspired by their teachers.”
“Down East” Editor Kathleen Fleury, Joshua Bodwell of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Ken Olson, former president and CEO of Friends of Acadia, juried the competition.