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The tri-county contest focuses on the Oregon High Desert. The winner receives $250.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize is announcing a new award focused on writing about the Oregon High Desert and open only to high school students in the three counties of Central Oregon.

The winner, to be notified in early April, will receive a $250 cash prize and will be celebrated at the prize's annual award ceremony at the High Desert Museum June 24. Full competition details are available on the prize website at

The competition is open to students in grades nine through twelve, in public or private school, or who are home-schooled, who live in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties. Students may submit essays of 750 to 1,000 words from Jan. 1 through Feb. 29.

The essays may address any aspect of the Oregon High Desert and will be judged on their contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the high desert area of Oregon, originality, clarity of expression, accuracy, and grammar, spelling and punctuation. Submissions will be judged on a blind jury basis by the prize's board of directors.

The mission of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize is to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in the high desert region through recognition of literary excellence in nonfiction writing about desert landscapes through community interaction with the winning authors of the annual prize, and presentations and programs that take place in association with the prize.

For more information about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, the new high school student award, and how to enter the contest, visit the prize website.

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