The Spotted Hero literary contest, which is dedicated to the Far Eastern leopard, kicked off on 5 April. This contest marks the seventh anniversary of Vorontsov Land of the Leopard. It was organised by Land of the Leopard in collaboration with the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation.
In the course of eight months, anyone wishing to participate can submit their own Far Eastern leopard-themed literary work for consideration in any of the contest's three categories: Fairy Tale, Essay/Story/Tale or Poem/Song. Entries will be accepted until 5 December 2019.
The Spotted Hero contest's submissions will be judged in three different age groups: up to 10 years old, from 11 to 17 years old, and 18 years old and over. The works can be in Russian, English and other languages.
"The Far Eastern leopard population is recovering, and we believe that is good reason for these leopards to become the heroes of new literary works — happy stories about the will to survive, about overcoming obstacles, about the return of the sacred symbol of the forest's mystery," said Maria Okulova, head of Land of the Leopard's public relations department.
To participate in the contest, read the contest rules, fill in the participation form and email your entry to Lit@leopard-land.ru.
The contest's jury will include employees of environmental organisations, journalists and writers. The results will be announced in late December 2019.