Apply to be a writer in the forest

As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a new writing competition to diversify nature writing.

Apply to be a writer in the forest

From Wordsworth to J.K Rowling, England’s forests have inspired characters and chronicles that have shaped the nation’s literary history for centuries.

Now, for the first time, the Forestry Commission is opening applications for two national writer-in-residence opportunities, which will begin in spring 2019.

The Commission is particularly interested in hearing from people from under-represented groups, young writers and emerging writers living in urban locations to offer their perceptions of nature in England. It is also looking to attract people using a diverse range of literary forms and styles.

Applications will be judged by an expert panel including Sharmaine Lovegrove, the publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint, and Jay Armstrong, editor of Elementum,a journal of nature writing and visual arts. 

During the residency, the selected writers will embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of the nation’s forests, spending time the people who work there, and the wildlife that calls them home. To apply, writers are asked to submit a video or written pitch (maximum 500 words) outlining their vision.

To find out more and apply, visit: www.forestryengland.uk/writers

Header Image Credit: Forestry Commission

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