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Nature writer of the year 2013: Call for entries
Enter our nature-writing contest and share your passion for wildlife and wild places. You could win a place on a research expedition to Madagascar!
How to win
- The judges are looking for a short piece of nature writing (800 words) that describes your experience of the wild.
- You could write about plants, animals, natural events or places, or any combination of these – it’s up to you.
- Relate something you observed closely, and approach it in a way that’s unique to you. In recent years we’ve received entries about subjects as varied as tame crows, a wildcat encounter, surveying dragonflies and a house spider spinning its web.
First prize The winning story will be published in BBC Wildlife (in the September 2013 issue) and at www.discoverwildlife.com. Plus the winner also earns a place on one of the three exciting – and worthwhile – Earthwatch expeditions described below.
- PRIZE 1: Carnivores of Madagascar (13 days) Help field biologists study the fosa, one of Madagascar’s rarest endemic mammals, and devise ways to preserve its unique forest home. You will assist with a capture-and-release project.
- PRIZE 2: Dolphins of Greece (8 days) Join boat-based surveys of dolphins in the Amvrakikos Gulf. You will help local scientists to study dolphin groups and identify individuals.
- PRIZE 3: Mammal Conservation in South Africa (12 days) Join a project that is developing new methods of managing conflicts between wildlife and livestock in the spectacular Soutpansberg Mountains. You will help study a range of species, such as leopards, hyenas and baboons.
- Three runners-up will all receive three great books published by Bloomsbury: Extinct Boids by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy; Silent Spring Revisited by Conor Mark Jameson; and a Poyser ornithological monograph of their choice.
- Plus their stories will be published on our website.
Miriam Darlington is a poet and author. Otter Country (Granta), her account of a year-long lutrine quest around Britain, was one of the most acclaimed works of nature writing in 2012.
Ben Hoare edited wildlife books for 12 years before joining BBC Wildlife. He has kept a nature diary since he was seven (and is a bit better at spelling nowadays).
Rob Stringer is media officer for Earthwatch, reporting on its conservation research from around the world. He loves the great outdoors and is a self-confessed bookworm.
Kate Humble is one of the BBC’s best-known wildlife presenters. An enthusiastic Earthwatch supporter, she is an avid reader of nature writing in all its many forms.
Paul Evans is a broadcaster with the BBC’s Natural History radio team, writes a nature diary for the Guardian and teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University.