BRUNSWICK – The Maine Voices Project is making a final push to collect essays from Maine residents before the Earth Day deadline of April 22.

In January, the project invited Mainers from all walks of life and writing levels to submit an essay describing places in Maine they cherish and how these places have shaped them, taught them, nurtured them or provided joy or solitude. Organizers also are encouraging senior citizens to write about how the land has changed in their lifetime and the legacy they’d like to leave to future generations.

Milkweed Editions, a national nonprofit literary press (www.milkweed.org) will publish 50 to 80 essays in a book to be released this fall. A Web site celebrating all essays will be launched this summer.

The project is a joint effort of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Wilderness Society, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Milkweed Editions.

Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 22. Essays should be 500 words or less. They can be submitted by e-mail to mainevoices@tws.org or mailed to the Maine Voices Project, c/o Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, 14 Maine St., Suite 416, Brunswick, ME 04011. People should include their name, address, county, phone number, e-mail address, school/organization and age.

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