Cockburn Ranges in Western Australia. © Jan Glovac


Nature Writing Prize 2019

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  • Tony Jupp
    Associate Director of Communications
    The Nature Conservancy Australia

Calling all nature writers!  The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

The $5,000 award is given for the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The winning essay will also be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review – Australia’s leading literary quarterly publication. The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores their relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.

This year’s judges are writers and academics Dr Delia Falconer and Professor Tom Griffiths AO.

Once again, the prize has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the McLean Foundation, which promotes and celebrates the literature of nature in Australia.

“We’re looking forward to another successful competition this year,” said Rich Gilmore, Country Director for The Nature Conservancy in Australia. “It’s a great opportunity for talented writers across the country to submit their works with the winner’s piece given national prominence.”

The 2017 prize was won by Sophie Cunningham for her essay entitled Biyala Stories – an account of the natural and social history of the red gums and waterways of Melbourne’s landscape.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2019 and the winner will be announced in May 2019. The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Entry costs $30.00.

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