AcadiaCentennialLogoFinal100 Words for Acadia Centennial Flash Writing Contest Winners Announced

The MWPA, Friends of Acadia, and Down East Magazine recently announced the six winners of 100 Words for Acadia, a writing contest celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday.

Writers of all ages were invited to submit up to 100 words in any genre—flash fiction, micro essay, poetry, etc.

Thomas R. Moore, of Belfast, Maine, won first place in the adult category (18 and older) for his poem “Acadian Wild.” First runner-up was Weslea Sidon (“Coffee Break,” micro-essay), a Mount Desert Island resident, and the second was David Sloan (“A Rising,” poem), who teaches in New Gloucester.

Top youth prize (17 and younger at time of submission) went to New Hampshire resident Sarah Lyon, 12, for her poem “Acadia Awakening.” First runner-up was Devin P. Quinn, now 18 (“Listen,” micro-essay), who has “been travelling full-time for six years in a 35-foot RV” with his parents and three siblings. Caribou High School student Ciara Richards, 17, took second runner-up honors for the poem “Acadia National Park.”

Adult winner Thomas Moore said about his winning poem, “Witch Hole carriage road is my favorite hike in Acadia. It’s about three and a half miles long and loops past Witch Hole Pond and three smaller ponds. Once, as I was nearing Duck Brook Bridge with its three arches, a white buck stepped into the carriage road in front of me and we stared at each other. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.” Moore is the author of three books of poems: The Bolt-Cutters (2010), Chet Sawing (2012), and Saving Nails (November 2016).

About her entry and the award, youth winner Sarah Lyon said, “I really wanted my poem to be about the emotions of Acadia. When I went to Acadia there was a feeling of serenity. And I loved it. I decided to put these emotions to words. When I found out I won, I was astonished! I assumed I wouldn’t make it because there are so many talented writers. It’s really cool and I am honored to have been the one to win.” Lyon is a student at Oyster River Middle School in Durham, New Hampshire.

“Prizes include $300 for first place in each category, and publication in Down East Magazine for all winners,” said Kathleen Fleury, editor in chief at Down East. “Their work will appear in our February 2017 issue.”

“We were very pleased ‘100 Words for Acadia’ drew nearly 250 submissions from Maine and beyond, split nearly equally between adult and youth entries,” said Joshua Bodwell, executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. “The passion and gratitude people feel for Acadia were evident in every piece received.”

“It heartens us that so many young writers participated,” said David MacDonald, president and CEO of Friends of Acadia. “Some submitted individually. Others entered in classroom groups, inspired by their teachers.”

Fleury, Bodwell and Ken Olson, former president and CEO of Friends of Acadia, juried the competition. Entries were judged on literary merit.

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All entries were be judged on literary merit. There was no entry fee. Submissions were accepted from September 1 to September 30, 2016. In November 2016, one adult first-place winner, two adult runners-up (18 and older), and one youth first-place winner, two youth runners-up (17 and younger) were notified. (Please see full submission guidelines below).

Adult Winner & Youth Winner each receive:

  • $300 cash prize
  • Friends of Acadia cap
  • One-year Friends of Acadia membership
  • Signed copy of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr by Ronald H. Epp
  • Signed copy of Historic Acadia National Park: The Stories Behind One of the America’s Great Treasures by Catherine Schmitt
  • 2017 Acadia calendar and a subscription to Down East.
  • Youth first-place winner receives one-day round-trip bus journey to Acadia National Park for teacher and classmates to visit park areas and meet with rangers. Applies to Maine schools only. Teachers: If your student wins first prize, you may apply to the Friends of Acadia Yellow Bus Fund for a full transportation scholarship for the class, which will be automatically granted. Logistics will be worked out then. Visit:

Winners & Runners-up receive:

  • Publication in Down East Magazine
  • Publication on Acadia Centennial website, www.
  • Congratulatory notice in The Peavey, e-newsletter of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
  • 2017 Acadia calendar from Down East.


  • Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
  • Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East
  • Kent Olson, President and CEO, Friends of Acadia 1995-2006

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions may be up to but no more than 100-words.
  • Submission Formatting: 12-point New Times Roman (or similar typeface), double-spaced, standard 8-1/2 x 11. Poetry may be single-spaced. Submit files as doc, docx, or pdf.
  • Please include title, name, email, phone, short bio, and date of birth at the top of your entry.
  • One piece per entrant. Submissions not acknowledged.
  • Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2016.
  • By entering, contestant agrees sponsors may promote their work and use their biographical information and likeness.
  • Entrants retain all copyright to their work.
  • Submit to:
  • Questions/more information (no phone calls, please):
  • Eligibility: Anyone may enter 100 WORDS FOR ACADIA except for employees of Down East Enterprises, Friends of Acadia, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.


Down East Magazine, Friends of Acadia, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance