THE MOTH NATURE WRITING PRIZE 2021 IS NOW OPEN
‘I wish that we would not fight for landscapes that remind us of who we think we are. I wish we would fight, instead, for landscapes buzzing and glowing with life in all its variousness.’ Helen Macdonald
‘The answer to the still present threat of a silent spring is for us to sing against the storm.’ Richard Mabey, 2020 judge
‘What a great competition to be running.’ Robert Macfarlane
The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It is awarded annually to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.
The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
Each year a single judge is asked to choose one winner from entries worldwide, to feature in the winter issue of The Moth
. The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse
in France. The inaugural judge in 2020 was Richard Mabey.
‘It gives me so much confidence and it is wonderful to have my writing out there and enjoyed by others.’ Sammy Weaver on winning the inaugural prize in 2020
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Her book H is for Hawk won many prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Costa Book of the Year, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, and in the US was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and lives in Suffolk.
‘An absolute classic of nature writing.’ Nick Barley, Guardian
‘What she has achieved is a very rare thing in literature – a completely realistic account of a human relationship with animal consciousness.’ John Carey, Sunday Times
The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a 4,000 maximum word limit. The entry fee is €15 per entry and you can enter as many pieces as you like.
You can enter online or send your entry along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your piece attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.
CLOSING DATE: 15 September 2021