First Annual Young Food Writer’s Contest



Slow Food Portland is very excited to announce the 2011 First Annual Young Food Writer’s Competition. The contest is open to any student enrolled in public or private school, or being home schooled, in Cumberland County. To enter, a student must write a short essay about food, which can be fiction or non-fiction, and written on the chosen theme. The 2011 theme is “The Taste of Maine.” Students are encouraged to explore this theme within the core principles of the Slow Food movement, which includes supporting local seasonal food that tastes good and is environmentally sustainable. To find out more about Slow Food visit the Slow Food USA website,

Students compete at three levels: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. A panel of judges will read the essays and select one winning essay from each grade range. These three winners will each receive a full family CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from the CSA of their choice (maximum award value is $500). Three runners up will receive $50 restaurant gift certificates. The winning essays will be published on the Slow Food Portland web site, and possibly other print media. The winner of the grade 9-12 competition will be invited to read their essay at the Slow Food Portland Writers Night event on March 10, 2011, with other winning essays also being read by members of the panel of judges.

Essay length should be 500-800 words for grades 9-12, and 250-400 words for the younger grades.

Deadline for entry is Monday Feb 14, 2011. Only one entry per student. Winners will be announced the week of February 21, 2011, and winners will be able to redeem their CSA share award at the Maine CSA Fair taking place in Portland Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Woodfords Congregational Church. The Maine CSA Fair sponsored by MOFGA and the Maine Council of Churches is a celebration of If winners cannot attend the CSA fair, alternate arrangements will be made. More information about Community Supported Agriculture in Maine and the Maine CSA Fair can be found on the MOFGA website,, and Slow Food Portland website,

Students can enter either by filling in the online form found below or emailing their entry, along with their name, school, grade, and email or phone contact information to By submitting an essay contestants agree to allow Slow Food Portland to publish their essay along with their name, school and grade.


SFP Young Food Writer's Contest Entry Form

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