Fort Ross international literary contest

International literary contest The Renova Fort Ross Foundation is happy to announce its first international contest for the best children’s literary work.

Children and adults of all ages interested in sharing their stories of Fort Ross and in becoming a part of Fort Ross legacy are encouraged to participate. The best contest story will join a storyline for a special Fort Ross children’s book.

Basic requirements: original plot line, use of historical facts, as well as some elements of the past and present of Fort Ross flora and fauna. Use of modern technologies in the plot is not welcome. Genres: fairy tale, fable, short novel or narrative.

“It is a great opportunity not only to share some of your knowledge of Fort Ross, its history and a distinct emotional appeal, but also to make history," said Olga Miller, Director of the Renova Fort Ross Foundation. "The best story will become a storyline of a children's book about Fort Ross." The contest is being held for children and adults of all ages interested in sharing their stories of Fort Ross and in becoming a part of Fort Ross incredible legacy. The newest updates on the contest are being posted on the Foundation’s facebook and twitter pages.

Age Groups: 6-12, 13-20 and 21-99 years old. Format: Times New Roman font 12, double space, 250-1500 words. All submitted texts must be checked for grammar and spelling, Word, .doc or .rtf file. Each work must be accompanied by the artist’s contact information including name, age, phone number, email and mailing address.

Please submit your work via e-mail at All participants will receive acknowledgments for their participation.

The Winner will be awarded a trip (Total travel costs should not exceed $1,500 for domestic flights and $3,000 for international flights) to Fort Ross to one of the Fort Ross holidays in 2014 -2015.

Works must be submitted before July 30, 2014. Winners will be announced after August 25, 2014. The Renova Fort Ross Foundation reserves the right to use all received artwork to promote awareness of Fort Ross State Historic Park. All contest entries become the property of the Organizer and will not be returned.

About Fort Ross

Located 80 miles north of San Francisco, Fort Ross was founded on Californian soil in 1812 by the Russian-American Company as a settlement for trade and commerce and as a post to supply Russian settlements in Alaska.

Fort Ross was a peaceful collaborative place where innovation and respect for the land were highly valued. Fort Ross saw the introduction of shipbuilding and windmill expertise, scientific and nature studies, diverse agricultural cultivation and the beginning of the conservation movement in California.

In 1962, Fort Ross became a National Historic Landmark. Today Fort Ross is both an enduring reminder of the Russian legacy in early California and a historic site that encourages U.S.-Russia cooperation.

The Renova Fort Ross Foundation, chaired by Victor Vekselberg, meets the immediate needs of and fosters long-term solutions for California’s Fort Ross State Historic Park. The Foundation has underwritten significant programs, funded restoration and infrastructure projects, and financed related initiatives, to include logistic and administrative support.

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