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Competition: The Moth Nature Writing Prize

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Competition deadline: 15th September 2020

Richard Mabey, one of the UK’s foremost nature writers, will judge the inaugural Moth Nature Writing Prize. The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. Closing date 15 September 2020.

ABOUT THE PRIZE

The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose fiction or non-fiction or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.

The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

THE JUDGE

Richard Mabey will judge the inaugural prize. For five decades Richard has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing, consistently exploring new ways of thinking about nature and its relation to our lives. Throughout his work there is a commitment to writing (and to other writers) and to language, which may be ‘our greatest ecological gift’.

‘LOVE Richard Mabey’s books’ Margaret Atwood

‘Someone who not just sees beauty in nature but understands and enhances it’ Guardian

HOW TO ENTER

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a 4,000 maximum word limit. The entry fee is €15 per entry and you can enter as many pieces as you like.

You can enter online or send your entry along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your piece attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.

Please read the Terms and Conditions below before you enter.

The Prize closes 15 September 2020.

The winning entry will appear in the winter issue of The Moth.

Call 00 353 87 2657251 or email enquiries@themothmagazine.com for more details

Terms and Conditions

Closing date for receipt of entries is 15 September 2020.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the entry.
It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.
Postal entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
No name or address should appear on the same page as the entry.
Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.

Eligibility
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published,
published online or broadcast.
You can enter as as many pieces as you like.
There is a word limit of 4,000.

Fees
Payment can be made by cheque (euro/sterling/dollar), by credit/debit card via PayPal (to enquiries@themothmagazine.com) or by
postal order (Ireland only)
Entry fee is €15 per entry
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on
the back.
Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

Formatting
If you are concerned about the formatting of your entry in the online entry form, then please go through the online procedure as
normal and then send a copy as a word attachment to enquiries@themothmagazine.com (please don’t include your name or
any other personal details in the document)

Receipt of entry
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement
of receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.

Copyright
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to
publish the winning entry in the winter 2020 issue and any relevant promotional material.

Judging
The judge is Richard Mabey. His decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Prize
A prize of €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

Prizewinner
Prizewinner will be notified in writing by 31 October 2020.
The winning entry will be published in the winter 2020 issue of The Moth.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in
disqualification

Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to:

The Moth Nature Writing Prize
The Moth
Ardan Grange
Milltown
Belturbet
Co. Cavan
Ireland H14 K768

or

ENTER ONLINE

Good luck!

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