New writing contest: Sassafras Award for Excellence in Environmental Writing

Always exciting to see a new award established for environmental writing. This one is for regionally focused writing in the states of Missouri, Arkansas or Louisiana. The Sassafras Award for Excellence in Environmental Writing is a newly-established award of $3,000 that extends the Ozark Society Foundation’s history of publishing books that educate the public on …

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UK Writing Opportunity: Sustainability First Writing Prize

A wonderful writing opportunity for those of you in the UK: The Sustainability First Writing Prize 2021 is open to British writers and international writers living, working or studying in the UK, over the age of 18 years. Writing could include, but is not limited to, an article, a personal account, an essay, a short …

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Eastern Oregon University offers new MFA concentration focused on Wilderness, Ecology, and Community

A year ago we began compiling a list of writing programs with a focus on the environment and animals. The latest addition to the list is EOU’s new low-residency MFA program: Eastern Oregon University is pleased to announce the launch of a new low-residency writing MFA with a concentration in Wilderness, Ecology, and Community (WEC). …

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Writing opportunity: PANK Magazine special issue on environmental futures

PANK Magazine is now accepting works (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid) for a special issue: Environmental Futures Folio, guest edited by Aram Mrjoian. Here’s the call: The health and sustainability of our environment continues to be threatened and detrimentally harmed in real time. This folio is a call for art that not only considers imagined …

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Sitka Center now accepting residency applications

Located north and west of us here in Ashland, Oregon, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology provides educational courses and residencies to artists. And they’re now open for residency applications. Here’s the call: Calling all painters, novelists, climate activists, photographers, biologists, composers, poets, journalists, architects, film makers, performers, inventors, botanists, curators, foresters, ceramicists, playwrights, illustrators, …

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Apply now for the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency

What a wonderful opportunity for writers. Each year, two writers become residents for up to a month between May and October. Each resident receives a $750 stipend and, in exchange, commits to offering a public presentation of their work in nearby Taos (public health conditions permitting). The Leopold Writing Program (LWP) is an Albuquerque, NM-based …

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New writing contest: Imagine 2200

How about a new writing contest to kick off 2021? This one is sponsored by Grist and looks very interesting (and timely): Welcome to Imagine 2200 — a new climate-fiction contest by Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. What we’re seeking: short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What we’re offering: $8,700 …

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Calling all PNW poets: Windfall Journal

Windfall Journal is calling for submissions of poems of place for their spring 2021 issue. We’re looking for poetry that captures the spirit of any particular place in the Pacific Northwest. It might be a natural place or human-built, urban or rural, with or without people.  Deadline: February 1.Publication: Spring 

Announcing Writing for Animals: A 4-week writing program

I’m pleased to announce a rather unique program to be taught next month by myself and Midge Raymond. I hope you can join us… Writing for Animals is a four-week writing program designed to help writers become more effective advocates for animals. Using the book Writing for Animals as a text, we’ll examine the ways in which …

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