High Country News Young Essayist Contest – $1,000 award

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Announcing the 2016 Bell Prize for young essayists

Honoring the spirit of our founder, Tom Bell, we want to hear from aspiring writers and essayists, ages 18 to 25, on conservation topics frequently covered by High Country News.

At a time when there was little coverage of environmental issues in the American West, Bell founded HCN in 1970, and was a strong voice for conservation. He wrote about many topics, and these remain his legacy: he demanded better management of public lands, helped persuade the Wyoming Legislature to pass laws for conservation goals, including strip-mine reclamation, and pressured Game and Fish to be more scientific. We’re looking for writers who will continue that legacy well into the future.

Essays should be no longer than 800 words. Consider the conservation topics you’re familiar with and why they’re important to you: water, energy & industry, wildlife, public lands, climate, communities, sustainability, justice, politics — you decide.

The winning essayist will:

  •     be awarded the Bell Prize
  •     receive $1,000 in cash
  •     be published in the Nov. 14, 2016 Books and Authors issue and online.

Runner-up will receive $400 in outdoor gear from Mountainsmith and will also be featured online.

Please send one submission, and one only, to student.essay@hcn.org, by Oct. 14, 2016.

Think hard, write well and good luck. More info here.

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