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Write Outside Your Door is a free writing competition co-sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden and Gateway Writing Project that authentically integrates creative writing into the science and English language curriculums.  Write Outside Your Door invites students from grades K - 12 and adults to write about their experiences outside, with nature, and as stewards of the environment.


Guidelines:  

Writers may submit stories, essays, or poems that creatively address the theme 

  • a special place in nature and why it is meaningful
  • Describes an author’s specific experience in nature
  • a piece that reflects conservation, stewardship, or sustainability

Stories and essays should be 1,000 words or less & poetry should be 3 - 30 lines

Entries will be judged on merits of composition (grammar and organization), content (how well the theme has been addressed), and voice (word choice and style).

2020 Information & Digital Submission Form 


Congratulations to our 2020 Winners!  Each is recognized at the Virtual Missouri Botanical Garden Green Living Festival and wins a prize pack including a family membership to the Missouri Botanical Garden.   Our high school category winner is awarded a scholarship to OneCity Stories.  
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Rosario Kelley

Spring Bliss to Summer Beaches (K-2 category)

from Kennard Classical Junior Academy, SLPS 

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Ben Kettleson,

My Gardens (3-5 category)

from Fairway Elementary, Rockwood

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Samantha Horn

A Day in St. Louis (6-8 category)

from Wentzville School District

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Maria Adamitis,  

It Is Everything (9 -12 category)

from Villa Duchesne 

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Stephanie Pisani,  

It's Gonna Be O.K. (adult category)

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!  Each were recognized at the Missouri Botanical Garden Green Living Festival and won a prize pack including a family membership to the Missouri Botanical Garden.   Our high school category winner was also awarded a scholarship to OneCity Stories.  
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Clara Hick, 

Spring Haiku (K-2 category)

from Wilkinson E Childhood Center, SLPS 

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Paula Sun,

Spring (3-5 category)

from Fairway Elementary, Rockwood

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Sierra Boehm, 

Right Outside My Door (6-8 category)

from Hancock Place Middle School, HPSD

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Claire Adams,  

The Adventurer's Spirit (9 -12 category)

from Fox Senior High School, Fox C6 

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Aria Thompson,

Getting Back to Nature (Judge's Choice)

from Metro Academic and Classical High School, SLPS

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!  Each were recognized at the Missouri Botanical Garden Green Living Festival and won a prize pack including a family membership to the Missouri Botanical Garden.   Our high school category winner was also awarded a scholarship to OneCity Stories.  
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Jack Skaggs,

Hiking (K-2 category)

from Geggie Elementary, Rockwood School District 

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Shravanya Shrinivas,

Magical Nature (3-5 category)

from Lakeview Elementary, Wentzville School District

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Devan Ellison,

The Two Sides to My House (6-8 category)

from Rockwood School District

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Anna Forget,

A Letter of Deep Apology to the Botanical Gardens of Saint Louis

from Cor Jesu (9-12 category)