“Teach the children. Rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in.”

-Mary Oliver

The Avalon Writers Cabin will be a place to publish and celebrate young writers. Since Avalon’s inception, we have seen an influx of young visitors to the preserve. We love to hear your voices on the trails -and now to see them on the page. Ancient and contemporary writers alike have been inspired by the sea, sky and forest. The Writers Cabin will carry on that tradition by giving our next generation of nature writers a place of their own.

Winter Solstice Writing Contest!

“Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.”— Mary Oliver

To celebrate winter’s arrival and the daylight that awaits all of us,  Avalon Writers Cabin is happy to announce our first annual Winter Solstice Writing Contest.
Please submit original poems or essays that reflect your unique observations, reflections or memories of winter.
Happy writing.

Submission guidelines:

  • Feel free to submit a poem, personal essay, or another genre.
  • There are some great winter-based examples in the links on this page.
  • We ask that you limit essays to 750 words.
  • Please submit through our easy-to-use Google Form link.
  • Deadline is February 1, 2021. Winners will be notified in early February.
  • Our committee will select three winners:
    • 1st place award-$125
    • 2nd place award-$75
    • 3rd place award-$50