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Writing Contest for
for the 2016-2017 School Year

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


Grade 3-8 students in the MWRA service area are invited to participate in our Writing Contest for 2016-2017.

Download a complete contest entry packet (PDF) for all rules, FAQs, forms, labels and other important details.

2016-2017 Writing Contest Topic

image of contest poster

How the Weather Affects the MWRA and its Workers

Too wet? Too dry? No matter what the weather,the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing clean drinking water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and wastewater treatment at Deer Island to 2.5 million people.

Entry deadline: March 15, 2017



The poster contest is open to all grade 3-8 students in the MWRA service area. Only schools in the service area are eligible to enter.

Contest Topic

Write an essay or poem to show how weather affects the MWRA and its workers.

Entries will be judged in 2 categories:
Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Early entries are encouraged.
Rules are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).
Required Forms and Labels

Every group of student entries must have a Contest Registration Form and each entry must have a Student Label attached securely to the back of the entry. Forms and labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Students may enter on their own if they live in or attend a school in the MWRA service area. You must include the student label on the back of your entry. Labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).


First prize in each category is a $100.00 gift card, 2nd prize is a $50.00 card, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 card.  In the writing contest the (2) categories are 3-5 and 6-8.  In each of the categories there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and (3) honorable mention winners. 

All winners, including honorable mention winners, are invited with their families to an Awards Ceremony at Deer Island on Friday, May 26, 2017.

How to Submit Contest Entries

Entries may be typed or neatly handwritten in ink. They should be no longer than 2 pages.

All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Contest
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

What Makes a Good Writing Entry
First, be sure your entry addresses the question.  As good as a piece might be, if it isn't on topic, it can't win a prize.  Then, use your creativity to make your entry stand out.  The reader should remember your work because there was something unique about it. An essay can be just as creative as a poem or dialogue, if it has a clear theme that is developed cleverly. For inspiration and examples, check out our writing contest winners for 2015-2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers for teachers and students are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

What if I still have some questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Program Manager, at If you do not have access to email, please call Meg at 617-305-5646.

Only schools located in the MWRA Service Area listed below are eligible to participate in the Annual Poster, Writing and Video Contests

Water Communities
Chicopee Peabody
Clinton Saugus
Leominster Southborough
Lynn  South Hadley
Lynnfield Swampscott
Marblehead Weston
Marlborough Wilbraham
Nahant Worcester
Sewer Communities
Ashland Lancaster
Braintree Natick
Burlington Randolph
Hingham Walpole
Holbrook Weymouth
Water and Sewer Communities
Arlington Newton
Bedford Norwood
Belmont Quincy
Boston Reading
Brookline Revere
Cambridge Somerville
Canton Stoneham
Chelsea Stoughton
Dedham Wakefield
Everett Waltham
Framingham Watertown
Lexington Wellesley
Malden Westwood
Medford Wilmington
Melrose Winchester
Milton Winthrop
Needham Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.


Meg Tabacsko

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Updated April 27, 2017

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