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2020 Writing Contest

All PreK-12 students were invited to submit an original piece of writing that answered our question of what it means to keep our communities clean and how we preserve local Montana places. This writing contest was part of our celebrations for Earth Day and our Indie Lens Pop-Up film, Eating Up Easter.

Congratulations to our 2020 contest winners!

  • Edie, Grade Pre-K-2
  • John, Grade 3-5
View the 2020 Contest Winners
Click on the winning submissions below to view them full screen.

Writing Prompts:

For Grades Pre-K-2

  • Why do we preserve places?
  • What will your future footprint be?

For Grades 3-5

  • How will you leave your memory?
  • Why is it important to preserve local Montana places?

For Grades 6-12

  • Why is it important to Montanans to preserve places like Easter Island?
  • Why is it important to preserve local Montana places?

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

2020 Writing contest

Printable Entry Form

Would you like to mail your written submission to us? Please print the PDF entry form and mail it back to us with your finished written creation!

Terms & Conditions

Please review the official terms & conditions of the 2020 writing contest.

Teacher Tips

Are you a teacher interested in submitting entries on behalf of your class? Read these Teacher Tips that will help you with a group submission.

Contest FAQs

Do I need to bind my story? How many words do I need to write? Find the answers to common questions in our FAQ document.