Southern Forests for the Future: Essay Competition

Competition Guidelines:

In 750 words or less, answer one of the following three questions:

  • Why is it important to conserve southern U.S. forests?
  • What is threatening the health or extent of southern U.S. forests where you live?
  • What is a possible solution to help conserve and sustainably manage southern U.S. forests for the future?

Essays Must:

  • be typed, double-spaced, on one side of white 8½ by 11 inch (letter size) paper with left and right margins at 1¼
    inches each. Font must be no smaller than 12 point Times or similarly sized font;
  • have a title and page numbers;
  • have no more than 750 words. The word count limit includes all words in the text but does not include the bibliography
    and notes (you may exclude the words in the in-text citation from your word count);
  • include at least one citation to the resources found on;
  • follow accepted standards regarding attribution of quotations, arguments, and ideas of others;
  • include standardized citations and a bibliography with Internet sources listed separately;


Entry Deadline and Submission Guidelines:

All entries must be received by midnight (12am) EST on January 15, 2011. Please send your submissions as email attachments in word (.doc), OpenOffice, or .pdf formats to [email protected]. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, title of the article, preferred e-mail address, and contact information for the entrant’s school and teacher.


Winners will be notified by March 2011. The selected essays will become the property of the World Resources Institute, which will cooperate with authors towards publication on In addition, $1000 and $500 prizes will be given to the first and second/third place winners, respectively. WRI is solely responsible for this contest.


Please submit all questions about the contest to [email protected].