Standing up for Nature writing competition

Remarkable BirdsIf you would like to win a signed copy of my new book, Remarkable Birds, then write 400-1200 words on one of the four subjects below and maybe you will.

We, myself and two other judges, will be looking for good writing about nature and its place in our lives.  In any of these categories you could write about wildlife itself or about what we can do to help it or how it should be conserved. It’s up to you really, but if you wander far from the title of the category then we might be less impressed than if you don’t.

These are the four subjects:

  • invertebrates
  • international wildlife
  • wildlife and the arts
  • wildlife and politics

In addition, if you are aged 18 years or younger (on 10 September 2016) then you can write on any nature-related subject you like and stand a chance of winning the ‘youngsters’ prize – that might be one of the four categories above or about anything else you like.

Entries should be sent as WORD (.doc or .docx) attachments to emails sent to [email protected] to arrive by midnight on 10 September 2016.  The entries should stand alone and not require any images or web links. All entries are considered on the basis that the five winning entries will be posted on this blog as winning guest blogs.  Non-winners may be asked whether they would consent to have their blogs published as well.  Entries should not have appeared in substantial form elsewhere on the internet or in print (but it will be quite difficult for us to check!).  Entries are welcome from anywhere in the universe. You can enter as many essays as you like including multiple entries to individual subject categories.

I’ll tell you the names of the judges in a while (which actually means I have only spoken to one of them, who said ‘yes’, so far!).

We will be looking for writing that grabs our attention – even if we don’t necessarily agree with what you write.  This is a writing competition – we ‘d like you to impress us with your words.

The decision of the judges will be final.



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