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FarmED and Chelsea Green Young Writers Prize

Updated: Feb 15, 2023


Are you aged 16-30? Do you have something important to say about sustainable food, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity and climate change?


FarmED, in partnership with Chelsea Green Publishing, are launching The FarmED Chelsea Green Young Writers’ Prize, a new writing competition for people aged 16–30. We are looking for exciting new voices who are passionate about helping to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet.


We are asking entrants to write up to 1,500 words about any subject across the spectrum of ecological food, farming and the environment. We are looking for powerful, inspiring articles, pieces of fiction, journals, blogs or opinion pieces.


Judging the inaugural award will be award-winning author Nicola Chester, Muna Reyal (Head of Editorial, Chelsea Green Publishing UK) and novelist Fiona Mountain from FarmED.

Finalists will be invited to attend the Farm & Food Literature Festival on 13 May at FarmED where the winner will be announced. Prizes include a ‘library’ of Chelsea Green titles worth £700, plus an exclusive one-to-one session with Muna Reyal, Head of Editorial at Chelsea Green. The winning submission will be published on the FarmED and Chelsea Green websites and shared across social media.


FarmED is a not-for-profit organisation based at Honeydale Farm, a diverse 107 acre mixed farm in the Cotswolds. FarmED is at the heart of local, regional and global agroecological transition with a mission to provide learning spaces and events that inspire, educate and connect people to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet. Fiona Mountain, organiser of the Farm & Food Literature Festival, says: ‘Following on from the inaugural literature festival at FarmED last year and the launch of the Emergent Generation initiative, the aim of this prize is to help to amplify the voices of young ecologists, foodies and farmers and give them another platform from which to control their own narratives.’


Chelsea Green publishes authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life, and give readers hands-on information related to organic and regenerative farming and gardening, ecology and the environment, healthy food, local economies and resilient communities, and integrative health and wellness. Rose Baldwin, Publicity & Marketing Director of Chelsea Green UK says: 'We’re delighted to be running the Young Writer’s Prize in collaboration with FarmED. It’s tremendously exciting to see young people get involved in the world of regenerative food and farming, and we hope this prize will encourage the next generation to share their voices, opinions and stories far and wide.'


The deadline for entries is Friday April 21st 2023.


Email your entry to hello@farm-ed.co.uk and please include 'FarmED Chelsea Green Young Writers Prize in the subject line.




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