Tecumseh Land Trust And WYSO Co-sponsor Essay Contest

Oct 30, 2014

In celebration of Tecumseh Land Trust’s upcoming 25th anniversary, the regional land preservation organization and WYSO 91.3 FM radio are co-sponsoring an essay contest for area writers to reflect on the meaning of “living on the land.”  To find out more about the contest and a series of workshops coming up, we spoke with Ed Davis - a member of the board of trustees with the land trust.

* Photos in the accompanying slide show are from Tecumseh Land Trust's 2013 Sunflower Contest.  For more pictures - runners-up and honorable-mentions, click here.


  • Essays should be nonfiction.
  • Length should be 250 words or less.
  • Essays should personally connect to the theme “Living on the Land."
  • Eligibility is limited to residents within WYSO’s listening audience: Greene, Clark, Champaign, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Miami and Montgomery counties.
  • Only one submission allowed per entrant.
  • Only unpublished manuscripts will be accepted.
  • Entry form (Click Here For Form) must be included with submission (the form is a Word Document. Click to open).
  • Deadline is Dec. 15.

Winning essays will:

  • Stay on theme;
  • Focus on 1-2 specific elements;
  • Include specific details: brief dramatic stories, events, persons and/or memorable moments;
  • Be concise, grammatical (but not necessarily perfect) and well-organized with beginning, middle and end.


  • Middle School (6th-8th grades)
  • High-School (9th-12th grades)
  • Adult

Essays may be submitted by U.S. mail or by email.For email entries:

  • Submit essay as a Word, PDF or rich text file.
  • Do not put writer’s name anywhere on essay.
  • Attach essay and Entry Form and address email to: Sunflowers@Tecumsehlandtrust.org.
  • Subject line should include the words “Essay Contest” and category (Adult, Middle School, High School).

For entries mailed via postal service:

  • Do not put writer’s name anywhere on essay.
  • Submit essay with entry form.
  • Address envelope to: Tecumseh Land Trust

Attn: Essay Contest

P.O. Box 417

Yellow Springs, OH 45387-0417


First-place winners in each category will:

  • Receive $100;
  • Be recorded and published on WYSO’s website and considered for broadcast on the air in spring 2015;
  • Receive a one-year membership to Tecumseh Land Trust;
  • Be published in the Yellow Springs News.

Honorable Mention winners will:

  • Be published on TLT’s website.