BEJournal proudly presents a short workshop on writing about nature with award-winning children’s author Michelle Worthington. This video provides the author’s favourite prompts and books for creating a narrative inspired by the natural world. Included is a downloadable guide and competition for an original short story based on a conservation theme or showcasing a conservation group.
To spark your imagination checkout our list of conservation foundations below, visit their sites to draw inspiration for your story.
- Cheetah Conservation Fund
- Rewilding Europe
- Sea Legacy
- Vital Ground
- The Nature Conservancy
- Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue
- Mission Blue
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Great Plains Conservation
- Audubon Bird Conservation
- AZA Amphibian Conservation
- Word count: Stories may be up to 800 words and we will consider all entries for publication.
- Theme: Stories should highlight a conservation group or wildlife cause you care about.
- Eligibility: Writing for Nature is open to writers worldwide. ‘Diversity is a key ingredient to a great story’.
- Deadline: Submissions will close on the 2nd December 2020.
- Feedback: Michelle Worthington is available for questions and can provide feedback on your drafts.
- Submission: Please submit your story as a word doc or PDF here and include the category and charity details.
- Categories: Stories are open to children, young adult, and adult categories.
- Prizes: We will publish the top three finalists (one from each category) in a special edition of BEJournal, celebrating the authors and their charities. All entries using #writingfornature will have the chance for a surprise presenter to read their story on social media.*
- Mentoring: Winners will also receive their choice of a virtual session with one of our mentors or access to an online master class.*
* Follow us @earthendeavours and check this space for updates.
How Your Story Can Make a Difference
BEJournal believes creativity can be a catalyst for reaching people’s hearts and minds. So, we created a short story competition that encourages new voices for nature to share their different perspectives, and inspire an interest in conservation (where awareness and support are sorely lacking). Your story can help shine a light on those who passionately devote their lives to preserving and protecting our natural world. Writing for nature can also make people ‘aware-to-care’ about threatened species or an issue affecting them, which otherwise would go unnoticed.
We designed this competition so that every story can make a difference. When you use the hashtag #writingfornature with @nameofcharity and @earthendeavours, the conservation at the heart of your story gets a shout-out too! And that’s the goal here, to rekindle and restore wild hope through storytelling.
Celebrate your Contribution to Conservation
Here are some writing tips and resources to help you create and promote your story.
- Post a story teaser (138-150 characters) or video (1 minute) with the #writingfornature and don’t forget tag/mention your chosen charity@nameofcharity and @earthendeavours.
- Copy and paste ‘How Your Story Can Make a Difference’ with a link to this page and invite others to join you.
- Include a special note inviting people to follow or donate to your chosen charity.
- Post our sharable graphics to your social media or website and let people know you will be #writingfornature.