New and upcoming book releases

Sadly, we cannot review everything we receive here at EcoLit Books — but I did want to highlight a few new and newly republished works… The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animalsby Katy M. GuentherStanford University Press For the Birds: Protecting Wildlife through the Naturalist Gazeby Elizabeth CherryRutgers University Press Butterfly: Poems by Miriam Sorrel …

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Upcoming online writing workshops at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

If there is an upside to this pandemic (and I realize I’m grasping) it is that there are a wealth of online writing programs now available. I wanted to draw your attention to two upcoming programs at the wonderful Sitka Center for Art in Ecology in our home state of Oregon: Changing in PlaceInstructor: Nancy …

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Terrain’s 11th annual writing contest closes September 7

A quick reminder that Terrain is accepting submissions in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction until September 7 The first-place winner in each genre will be awarded $500 plus publication. Finalists in each genre will also receive publication and a $100 prize. All submissions are considered for publication. Winners will be announced no later than December 2020. …

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Green Stories Writing Competition: Stories for children

If you’ve got a children’s story focused on making this world a better place, check out this free writing competition: We are looking for stories for children that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. We will consider all genres, and the story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate …

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EcoLit Books is now on Bookshop.org

Bookshop.org is a new way to support local bookstores. Started less than a year ago, Bookshop has already raised more than five million dollars for local bookstores. Bookshop is an alternative to Amazon. Booksellers that refer you to the Bookshop site receive a percentage of revenues from each book you purchase. We’ve created a page …

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New environmental journal: Ecocene

Always nice to see the emergence of a new environmental publication. This one is called Ecocene and is published by the Cappadocia University Environmental Humanities Center. The inaugural issue is free to download — see below: The idea with our first special issue is to inaugurate not just the journal but the kind of key …

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St. Louis Blues: The Broken Heart of America

The cover of The Broken Heart of America by Walter Johnson features a nearly complete St. Louis Arch, known as the Gateway to the West. It was completed about six years before my family moved to St. Louis and my memories of it consist of squeezing into an egg-shaped elevator and tilting our way up …

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Writing for deer; writing for animals

Summer in Ashland, Oregon, means fawns following their mothers through the streets of our small town. The local deer are, sadly, a contentious issue. Many residents resent their appetites for rose bushes and other flora. Others have accused deer of assault (typically a mother deer’s instinct to protect her fawn). But a major reason we …

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New writing opportunity: The Moth Nature Writing Prize

This is exciting! The Moth Magazine has announced its inaugural Moth Nature Writing Prize, featuring Richard Mabey as judge: 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 …

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