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 It is awarded annually to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.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 judge is Helen Macdonald, who 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.
The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.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.
The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth.
HOW TO APPLY
For more information, please visit the official website.