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Wisconsin Writers Association Nature Writing Contest

Submissions open June 1-22, 2022

Calling all writers! WWA is pleased to host our very first nature writing contest.

We're looking for stories--fiction and nonfiction--all about nature. Give us your best! 


  •  All writers everywhere
  • Only original submissions which have not been published in print, digital, or online (including blogs or social media) will be considered. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, applicants MUST email submit@wiwrite.org to withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Questions about eligibility, please contact submit@wiwrite.org

Entry Fee: $5

Prize: $50, publication in Creative Wisconsin Magazine, and a chance to read at WWA's July Open Mic (Only one prize will be awarded)

Submission Guidelines:* 

  • The Nature Writing Contest accepts online submissions and payment only. Mailed submissions will be discarded without being read. 
  • All submissions are judged blind. Submitted material should not contain any identifying information. Submissions with identifying information will be discarded without being read. 
  • 2,000 word limit.
  • All submissions must be formatted as double spaced, 12 PT font, 1 inch margins, paginated, and in a common serif font such as Times New Roman.
  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document. PDF files and other file types such as Pages and Google Docs will not be accepted. 
  • Entries must be text only. Please do not insert clip art, drawings, icons or any graphics within the document. 
  • Title and Word Count must be placed at the top of the first page. 
  • Multiple submissions to the contest are allowed, each must be accompanied by a submission fee. 
  • Please name your files as follows: Title +Nature Contest (e.g.; TaleofTwoCities_NatureContest.doc) Please take care to ensure your file names are properly formatted. 

* Entries that fail to follow guidelines will be disqualified. 



Publication Rights:

  • WWA reserves the right to publish winning entry in Creative Wisconsin Magazine. 
  • WWA reserves the right for  administrators to copy edit winning entry prior to publication on its website, in the Creative Wisconsin Magazine. 

Meet the Judge

Rob Bignell is the owner and chief editor at Inventing Reality Editing Service. He is author of the nonfiction Hittin’ the Trail series of hiking guidebooks and Hikes with Tykes, as well as a collection of poetry and several short stories. For more than two decades, he worked as an award-winning journalist and spent seven years as a community college instructor. He holds a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's in journalism and English.

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