“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.

Spring into summer!

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring.

I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees.

I am going to close my eyes and listen.”

– Anne Lamott-

Call for Submissions:


Spring brings so much change to Avalon Nature Preserve. The tree canopy is filling in. Wildflower meadows are beginning to reach up for the summer sun. Woods  are flush with nesting and a riot of birdsong. And light is lingering a little longer each day.

Change is all around us. While our seasons have continued to turn this year, the world as we know it has transformed in ways that we could not have imagined last March.

As we head through spring and towards summer, we welcome your writing about transformation. Perhaps you will write about the changing spring landscape around you. Or maybe you will reflect on the way life has been altered during COVID-19. As long as you touch on the theme of “transformation”, we will leave the content of your work up to you, as usual.

Submission guidelines:
  • Feel free to submit a poem, personal essay, or another genre.
  • We ask that you limit essays to 750 words.
  • See the cool list below for samples.
  • Please submit through our easy-to-use Google Form “submit” link below.
  • Deadline is June 20, the summer solstice.


Some Inspiration

Cherry blossoms by Toi Derricotte 

I Have This Way of Being by Jamaal May 

In This Place (An American Lyric) by Amanda Gorman 

Spring and All [By the road to the contagious hospital] by William Carlos Williams 

Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón

Things That Are Changed—March, 2020 by Kimiko Hahn 

Heaven for Stanley by Mark Doty

One Today by Richard Blanco 

The Birds Outside My Window Sing During a Pandemic by Lee Herrick

Opinion  by Margaret Renkl| America’s Killer Lawns



 Please enjoy some of our favorite pieces from the last year in our anniversary issue below.



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