New writing competition, scholarship for Yampa Valley high school seniors |

New writing competition, scholarship for Yampa Valley high school seniors

Greater Sandhill Crane
Abby Jensen/Yampa Valley Crane Festival/courtesy

A new writing competition and scholarship are being offered to high school seniors living in Routt and Moffat counties.

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition — presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival — is sponsoring a new writing contest and asking seniors to submit an original piece of writing inspired by the greater sandhill cranes of the Yampa Valley.

“A generous donor is providing the support for this new scholarship as a way of reaching out to the next generation and getting them interested in crane conservation,” said CCCC President Nancy Merrill.

Authors may enter any of the following.

• A group of three poems.

• A fictional short story or one-act play between 750 to 1500 words.

• A personal or academic non-fiction essay between 750 to 1500 words.

The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of the species. CCCC reserves the right to use all submissions, with appropriate author credit, for publicity purposes.

The first-prize award is a $1,500.00 scholarship, dependent upon the winner’s acceptance into a continuing education institution. If the winner is not registered by Nov. 1 of the year of the award, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a runner-up who can qualify. Second- and third-place winners will receive a certificate and a book about cranes.

The deadline for submission is April 1. Judges, selected by the CCCC Board of Directors, will award first, second and third places. The winners will be announced by the end of May on CCCC’s website and other media, as well as from the podium during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, set for Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.

Writing can be submitted at

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