Nature Writer of the Year 2013
Do you have a passion for wildlife that you’ve always wanted to put into writing? BBC Wildlife magazine is offering the chance to join an Earthwatch Expedition to the winner of their Nature Writer of the Year award, as well as having the winning entry published in BBC Wildlife.
You don’t need to have traveled anywhere exotic. You just have to share your love of the natural world. You can write about leopards or lizards; glaciers or geraniums; the mighty elephant or the humble earwig. Just make sure it’s 800 words or less.
Your entry could win you the trip of a lifetime on an Earthwatch project to help world-class researchers investigate the wildlife of Madagascar, primates and predators in South Africa, or dolphins in Greece.
The panel of judges includes natural world television presenter Kate Humble, poet and otter enthusiast Miriam Darlington, nature writer and broadcaster Paul Evans, BBC wildlife features editor Ben Hoare, and Earthwatch media and communications officer Rob Stringer.
The judges are looking for a short piece of nature writing that conveys your experience of the wild. You can write about animals or plants, natural events or interesting locations, or any combination of these - it is up to you.
Three runners-up, as well as the overall winner, will be published on one of the world’s most visited wildlife websites: www.discoverwildlife.com. They’ll also receive three great books published by Bloomsbury: Extinct Birds by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy, Silent Spring Revisited by Conor Mark Jameson, and a Poyser ornithological monograph of their choice.
The competition is open to all writers aged 18 or above. Entries must be original and unpublished. Details about the competition, including full terms and conditions, can be found in the March 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife magazine (see pages 80-81), or enter online at: www.discoverwildlife.com/competitions. The closing date for entries is 30 April 2013.