A fab competition for young nature writers

New Nature is launching it’s first nature writing competition! All entries will be judged by the New Nature team and Robert Macfarlane. Pieces of work can be written in any style but must be a maximum of 600 words and focus on the subject matter: the Embodiment of Spring.

Closing date: 31st March 2018. Winners to be revealed in our June issue and on our website, however, all winners will be contacted beforehand. Participants must be aged 30 and under.


1st prize – 1 pair of Viking Vistron binoculars, courtesy of Viking Optical, and a special signed edition of Robert Macfarlane’s new book ‘The Lost Words’.

2nd prize – Free entry to the British Wildlife Centre for two people

3rd prize – Vouchers courtesy of British Wildlife Gifts.

All winners will also get a unique New Nature logo for use on their website or blog pages.


Award-winning writer Dr Robert Macfarlane has produced many bestselling books about
landscape, nature and language, including  The Wild Places,  The Old Ways and Landmarks. His most recent book, The Lost Words: A Spell Book  (2017) with the artist Jackie Morris is being used in schools up and down the country.He is a founding trustee of the youth conservation charity Action For Conservation. His work has
been adapted for radio, film and television and Robert also turned his hand to presenting for BBC 2’s Natural World in 2010. He has experience as a judge, sitting on the panel for the 2007 and 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Robert is a Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

How to submit your entry

Work must be submitted by 6pm March 31st, 2018 by email to editorial.newnature@gmail.com. The email must contain your full name, place of residence, age email address. Please attach your piece as a word document. Please send your piece within an email which has writing competition and your full name and age in the subject space, ie:

Subject: Writing Competition Andrew Aardvark 21
Andrew Aardvark

Any submissions without these details will not be accepted.


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