The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize Opens

@JCU The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize Opens

The fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize will award $5,000 to the winning essay

Calling all writers! The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has announced the opening of its fourth biennial Australia Nature Writing Prize.

$5,000 will be awarded to the author of an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ and the winning entry will be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay. 

The competition’s judges are award-winning journalist, author and editor Jo Chandler and novelist and critic James Bradley. They will award the prize to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores his or her relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.

The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize was created to promote and celebrate the art of nature writing in Australia as well as to encourage a greater appreciation of Australia’s magnificent landscapes. The prize has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The McLean Foundation.

“The very long-lived and sustaining connections between human culture and the non-human world are in a state of disrepair. The work of repairing these connections begins with a loving scrutiny of the arrangements that have given rise in our time to ocean acidification, failing reserves of fresh water, loss of diversity in Earth's biological communities, and global climate change. The goal here is to discover a state of harmony that will ensure the flourishing of all forms of life. Nature writing is a crucial part of this process of discovery, of inquiring into the ways in which modern humans can place themselves again in good relations with all that lives around them.”

Barry Lopez, Nature writer, author, essayist

Annamaria Weldon won the inaugural prize for her piece ‘Threshold Country,’ which the judges described as "a marvelously orchestrated, complex meditation on belonging. It is at once assured and yet gently voiced." The second biennial prize was awarded to Stephen Wright for his essay ‘Bunyip’ which explored the culture and fate of Indigenous communities and early European settlers as they navigated the landscape of south east Queensland. Victorian author Nick Gadd won the third prize for his essay ‘A landscape of stories’ – a reflection on walking through the industrial landscapes of Melbourne and the fresh ways of seeing an unplanned or unfamiliar route can create. 

The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Participants will need to pay an entry fee of $30 and the deadline for submissions is 27 January 2017. To learn more about the prize and review the terms and conditions visit:

For further information contact:

Ally Catterick                                                  Claire Hammond       

Development Outreach                                  Development Outreach Associate

Ph: 03 8346 8600                                            Ph: 03 8346 8600

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The Nature Conservancy Australia is a leading conservation organisation working around the world in 69 countries to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Having supported conservation efforts across more than 127 million hectares, The Nature Conservancy Australia remains focused on protecting Australia’s ecosystems through a scientific and collaborative approach.