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The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022

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Competition deadline: 30th September 2022

The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It is awarded annually to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.  The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.  Each year a single judge is asked to choose one winner from entries worldwide, to feature in the winter issue of The Moth. The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France. The inaugural judge in 2020 was Richard Mabey.   

Max Porter, award-winning author of Lanny and Grief is the Thing with Feathers, will judge The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022. The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.

The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.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 Circle of Misse in France. Closing date 15 September 2022.

‘If you are engaged with being alive on this planet just now … and you are not terrified about the future half the time, you are not paying attention.’ Max Porter

‘I wish that we would not fight for landscapes that remind us of who we think we are. I wish we would fight, instead, for landscapes buzzing and glowing with life in all its variousness.’ Helen Macdonald, 2021 judge

‘The answer to the still present threat of a silent spring is for us to sing against the storm.’ Richard Mabey, 2020 judge

‘What a great competition to be running.’ Robert Macfarlane

THE JUDGE

Max Porter’s Sunday Times bestseller Lanny was longlisted for the Booker Prize and the Wainwright Prize and shortlisted for the Waterstones and Foyles Book of the Year. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. A theatre production, directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy was performed in Dublin, London and New York.

LINKS
ENTER ONLINE: https://bit.ly/3es4Wf1

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM: https://bit.ly/2OEeUiu

CIRCLE OF MISSE: https://bit.ly/3evApNs

IN SHORT
1st prize €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France. The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their piece is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. This year’s judge is Max Porter, award-winning author of Lanny and Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Closing 15 September 2022. See www.themothmagazine.com for details.

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