Writing competition – reminder

Writing competition – write a book review of George Monbiot’s Feral

Last year this blog held a writing competition which produced some excellent articles (including this winner in the Wildlife and Politics category by Kerri ni Dochartaigh). I have some ideas for further writing competitions and this is the first one.

Write a book review of George Monbiot’s Feral and send it to me at mark@markavery.info as a Word .doc (.docx) document to stand a chance of winning a signed copy of Remarkable Birds. As a condition of entry, your winning review will also be posted on this blog (as may other entries with the authors’ consent).

What makes a good book review? Well, we’ll find out, but it probably has three characteristics: it tells you enough about the book that you know what it’s about, it tells you enough about what the reviewer thinks about the book to influence your chance of reading it and the review holds your attention.

Why Feral? Love it or loathe it, it’s one of the most important books related to nature conservation published so far this century. Everyone should read it (I think – but if you differ, then convince me) – and it’s widely available in bookshops and through libraries (and many readers of this blog will have a copy at home).

Judging: Ian Carter (who occasionally reviews books here) and I will judge your entries. I might try to persuade George Monbiot to respond to the winning entry and any other published short-listed reviews (but I can’t promise that will happen).

To stand a chance of winning a signed copy of Remarkable Birds write a review of George Monbiot’s book Feral (no more than 1000 words) and send it to mark@markavery.info to arrive by midnight on 31 August 2017. Include no links and no references – just your words, please.


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