Frustratingly close to deadline, as this looks a good opportunity for anyone we can get the news to!
Press release below here:
The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) have teamed up with independent publisher Elliott & Thompson (E&T) and Foyles to launch a brand new writing competition for unpublished authors. The winner will see their entry published in Nature Tales: Encounters with Britains Wildlife, a beautiful anthology of British nature writing which E&T will publish later this year in partnership with TWT. From Gilbert White to Charles Darwin, from Robert Macfarlane to Kathleen Jamie, the book features some of the greatest nature writers of all time.
The competition invites previously unpublished authors to submit entries of up to 2,000 words describing a real-life personal encounter with wildlife by midnight on Sunday 18th July 2010. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges, comprising Simon Barnes, renowned naturalist and writer; Michael Allen, Chairman of The Wildlife Trusts and co-author of Nature Tales; Mark Searle, Publisher at E&T; Adam Cormack, Communications Manager at TWT and Julia Kingsford, Head of Marketing at Foyles.
Michael Allen, Chairman of The Wildlife Trusts says:
The Wildlife Trusts are proud to support this new nature writing competition. At a time when the riches of nature writing seem to grow almost by the day, we are excited about seeking out new talent to publish in this anthology.
We are also very enthusiastic about Nature Tales itself; it has been an exciting and challenging task to help compile the extracts from such a distinguished tradition, and to be able to select from such a wealth of current writers in the field. We are looking forward to the books publication this autumn, and to finding some new talent to add to the many fine nature writers we already have here in the UK.
Julia Kingsford of Foyles says: Nature Tales promises to be a wonderful selection of the very best nature writing and were thrilled to be able to give our customers the opportunity to contribute their own work to sit alongside that of the greatest naturalists.
The winning entry will appear alongside contributions from both modern and historic naturalists, including Roger Deakin, Joseph Banks, Steve Backshall, Simon Barnes and Bill Oddie, when the book is published on 24th September 2010.
For more information about the competition or the book, please contact Ellen Marshall at [email protected]
or on 020 7831 5013.
Visit the website: http://www.naturetales.co.uk