Submission Deadline: September 30 2013
WOLFoundation runs an annual competition looking for the best non-technical, English language writing on themes related to socio-environmental issues
Entries will be judged by the members of our Advisory Board.
The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry.
The shortlisted entries will be published as a book of collected essays.
What we are looking for
Our judging process will reward two main attributes in the submissions received: fresh thinking and a clear, compelling writing style. We are looking for entries that everyone will want to read.
Subject and Theme
All essays submitted to the competition must focus on socio-environmental issues and address the current year’s theme. Essays that are off subject and off theme will be rejected.
The theme for the 2013 competition is: An Aspirational Future
Any and all views on the specified theme are welcome and encouraged. We would like to see entries that address all perspectives creatively. Just avoid giving us tired ideas that have been hashed out many times before.
Fact or fiction?
Entries should be written in prose in the English language. You can submit essays or short stories, factual commentary or fiction – whichever way and whichever writing style you choose to communicate your ideas. Just make it compelling.
Who can enter?
Everyone is welcome. Any one individual may submit up to three entries.
What to submit
Essays should be aimed at a general readership and should be non-technical. No footnotes or citations are allowed.
Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words.
Essays may have been published before provided you have the necessary permissions to re-publish.
But English is not my first language!
Don’t worry. We are mainly after clearly presented ideas not language perfection. If your essay reaches the finalists, we will help with editing the language.
When and how to submit
Submissions for the 2013 competition are now open. Submissions will be accepted until September 30th, 2013.
Entry to the competition is free of charge.
Please ensure that you visit the submissions page and read the submission guide. Entries that do not follow the submission guide will not be accepted.
Copyright for all submissions remain with the authors. In submitting their work, authors grant the Web of Life Foundation an irrevocable license to print, publish, distribute and publicize the submitted work.
All submissions are subject to our standard Terms and Conditions
Your entry must be submitted as a digital file saved in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. DO NOT send the essay text in the body of an email.
Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced, no longer than 2,000 words and contain no abstract, list of references or footnotes.
Save your files only with the the essay title as the file name. DO NOT start or include “WOLF essay competition” or any other such generic statement in the file name. We cannot easily sort out hundreds of files all called WOLF Essay Competition!
The Microsoft Word document with your essay should also include in the same document the name, street/postal address and email addresses of the author/s.
Submit your entry for the 2013 competition by email to [email protected] between January 1st and September 30th, 2013.