Area students in seventh through 12th grades can participate in the University of Scranton’s Earth Day essay contest for 2021.

The contest is offered for free, and this year’s essay theme is “Caring for our Common Home.”

Essays for students in seventh and eighth grades must be between 200 and 400 words. Essays for students in ninth through 12th grades must be between 300 and 500 words. Electronic submissions must be sent to on or before April 9.

Visit the university’s sustainability website for complete submission rules and details. Only electronic submissions will be accepted this year. Mail-in entries will not be accepted for 2021.

Winners of the essay contest will be announced via an event hosted on the University of Scranton Sustainability Office Facebook page on Earth Day, April 22, beginning at 7 p.m.

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day.