Can you come up with 100 words for Acadia National Park?

AcadiaCentennialLogoFinalHere’s a great chance to do a bit of writing and win some money. It won’t work for me, because I can’t write anything in just 100 words! But I’ll bet you can.

To celebrate Acadia National Park’s centennial year, they’re sponsoring a writing contest, 100 Words For Acadia, open to everyone. All you have to do is write 100 words about Acadia, in a poem, story, song, letter, or something else. And there is no entry fee.

Entries will be accepted from September 1 to September 30. In November, one adult first-place winner, two adult runners-up (18 and older), one youth first-place winner, and two youth runners-up (17 and younger) will be selected.

Here’s what you need to know about the Centennial Flash Writing Contest. Good luck!

Adult Winner & Youth Winner each receive:

  • $300 cash prize
  • Friends of Acadia cap
  • One-year Friends of Acadia membership
  • Signed copy of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr by Ronald H. Epp
  • Signed copy of Historic Acadia National Park: The Stories Behind One of the America’s Great Treasures by Catherine Schmitt
  • 2017 Acadia calendar and a subscription to Down East.
  • Youth first-place winner receives one-day round-trip bus journey to Acadia National Park for teacher and classmates to visit park areas and meet with rangers. Applies to Maine schools only. Teachers: If your student wins first prize, you may apply to the Friends of Acadia Yellow Bus Fund for a full transportation scholarship for the class, which will be automatically granted. Logistics will be worked out then. Visit:

Winners & Runners-up receive:

  • Publication in Down East Magazine
  • Publication on Acadia Centennial website, www.
  • Congratulatory notice in The Peavey, e-newsletter of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
  • 2017 Acadia calendar from Down East.


  • Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
  • Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East
  • Kent Olson, President and CEO, Friends of Acadia 1995-2006

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions may be up to but no more than 100-words.
  • Submission Formatting: 12-point New Times Roman (or similar typeface), double-spaced, standard 8-1/2 x 11. Poetry may be single-spaced. Submit files as doc, docx, or pdf.
  • Please include title, name, email, phone, short bio, and date of birth at the top of your entry.
  • One piece per entrant. Submissions not acknowledged.
  • Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2016.
  • By entering, contestant agrees sponsors may promote their work and use their biographical information and likeness.
  • Entrants retain all copyright to their work.
  • Submit to:
  • Questions/more information (no phone calls, please):
  • Eligibility: Anyone may enter 100 WORDS FOR ACADIA except for employees of Down East Enterprises, Friends of Acadia, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.