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A Chance To Share Your Yosemite Stories

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Yosemite, CA — Yosemite National Park is asking amateur and professional writers to submit short stories describing their fondest memories and experiences at the park. The chosen stories will be put in a book to honor the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant which will be celebrated in 2014.

Park officials say the submissions may range from haikus to short stories up to 1,000 words. There is no cost to enter the contest.

“One of my passions is hearing from park visitors how Yosemite has impacted their lives in a positive way. This book is a great way to record those experiences and recount how cherished and important the park is to past and present visitors,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent.

The commemorative book will be published by the Yosemite Conservancy and will be sold as a fundraising item benefiting the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.

“An anniversary as significant as this is an excellent time for us to reflect on how Yosemite has impacted us personally. We’re seeking stories that will reflect experiences and revive memories of those who have visited, lived in, and/or worked in Yosemite,” said Mike Tollefson, Yosemite Conservancy President.

The deadline for stories is February 1, 2013. You can submit them electronically at: or email them to or mail to the address below:

Kassandra Hardy
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389