Are you aged 16-30? Do you have something important to say about sustainable food, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity and climate change?
The FarmED Chelsea Green Young Writers’ Prize was launched last year, and once again 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 1500 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 2024 award will be award-winning nature writers Nicola Chester and Dominic Couzens, Muna Reyal (Head of Editorial, Chelsea Green Publishing UK) and storyteller Fiona Mountain from FarmED.
Finalists will be invited to attend the Farm & Food Literature Festival on Saturday, 11th May at FarmED where the winner will be announced. Prizes include a ‘library’ of Chelsea Green titles worth £500, 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, Director of the Farm & Food Literature Festival, says: ‘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 again. 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 19th 2024. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include 'FarmED Chelsea Green Young Writers Prize' in the subject line.