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Our 2017 Siskiyou Prize judge is Jonathan Balcombe

In Animal Behavior, Animal Rights, Anthropocene, Birds, Climate Change, Conservation, Endangered Species, For Writers, Insects, Oceans, Oil, Organic Farming, Pollution, Trees, Veganism, Wolves, Writing Opportunities by Midge Raymond

We are thrilled to announce that our 2017 Siskiyou Prize judge is Jonathan Balcombe. Jonathan’s most recent book is the New York Times bestseller What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins, an extraordinary journey underwater that reveals the vast capabilities of fishes. He is also the author of the books The Exultant Ark, Second Nature, Pleasurable Kingdom, and The Use of Animals in Higher Education. Jonathan has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, and has published more than 50 scientific papers on animal behavior …

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Announcing the winner & finalists of the 2016 Siskiyou Prize!

In Conservation, Fiction, For Writers, Writing Opportunities by Midge Raymond

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature: Katy Yocom, for her novel THREE WAYS TO DISAPPEAR. Judge JoeAnn Hart writes, “THREE WAYS TO DISAPPEAR begins with a focused lens on the endangered Bengal tiger then expands its reach with every page to reveal the interconnectedness of the natural world and fragility of all life. Weaving together the worn threads of ecological balance, this ambitious and moving novel addresses scarcity, climate change, family dynamics, cultural conflict, human accountability, women’s economic autonomy, and most of all, love, in all its wondrous forms. This is a story not …

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Book Review: Stories from the Leopold Shack by Estella Leopold

In Book Reviews, Conservation, Nonfiction by Center for Humans and Nature

Reviewed by James Ballowe, Engagement Advisor for the Center for Humans and Nature and Distinguished Professor English Emeritus from Bradley University. In Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited, Estella Leopold takes her readers on an intimate journey into that now-fabled place to which her father introduced the world in A Sand County Almanac (Oxford University Press, 1949). The site in central Wisconsin close to Baraboo that Aldo and now his daughter Estella have chronicled is where Aldo, his wife Estella Bergere, and their five children spent their summers. They lived in a once-abandoned farm shack, where they worked together to restore the …

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Calls for submissions

In For Writers, Journals and Magazines, Writing Opportunities by Midge Raymond

There are two new calls for submissions to announce for eco-minded writers. First, Flyway Journal seeks submissions for its Notes from the Field nonfiction contest, which celebrates writing about vivid experience, whether abroad, at home, in your line of work, or in any other unexpected environment. Flyway‘s guidelines: Submit one (1) work of creative nonfiction, previously unpublished, five thousand words maximum. Your cover letter should contain your name and contact information; your name should NOT appear anywhere else on the submission. Winning and runner-up selections will be announced late December and will be published in Flyway thereafter. Visit the Flyway submissions page for …

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Book review: Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust

In Book Reviews, Conservation, Nonfiction by Shel Graves

Reading Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000) is a lot like talking a hike. It can be a strenuous journey. At times, you may wonder what you have gotten yourself into, but you happily trek on. Along the way, the book catches your attention with a beautiful point of insight or takes you to a soaring vista. The journey is enjoyable and ultimately rewarding. Best of all, this book will make you want to get out into the world and walk. Solnit reminds us that walking is an intellectual, spiritual, and revolutionary pursuit and can be a creative and …

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The Necessary Evolution of Environmental Writing

In Animal Rights, Climate Change, Conservation, Endangered Species, Essays, For Writers, Oceans, Pollution, Trees by John Yunker

Halfway through reading The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston, I came across the following passage: A new danger, moreover, now threatens the birds at sea. An irreducible residue of crude oil, called by refiners ‘slop,’ remains in stills after oil distribution, and this is pumped into southbound tankers and emptied far offshore. This wretched pollution floats over large areas, and the birds alight into it and get it on their feathers. They inevitably die. The passage startled me because so much of the book up to that point was …

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Call for Writers: Voices for Biodiversity

In For Writers, Writing Opportunities by John Yunker

Anthropologist Tara Waters Lumpkin is founder and executive director of a nonprofit project and e-zine called Voices for Biodiversity. Our goal is to provide a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. We hope to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview. As a nonprofit, the organization cannot pay writers, but this looks like a great opportunity for those who wish to make a contribution as well as aspiring environmental writers looking to develop …

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Bellevue Literary Review seeks environmentally themed submissions

In For Writers, Journals and Magazines, Writing Opportunities by Midge Raymond

Published by the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Literary Review is best known for being a journal that focuses on illness, health, and healing, with wonderfully broad and creative interpretations of these themes. Bellevue Literary Review is now open to submissions for an upcoming theme issue: Our Fragile Environment. This issue’s aim is to “turn a literary lens to the effects of environmental changes,” and the magazine seeks previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on illness, health, and healing in the context of environmental issues. Click here for more info on how to …

Announcing the Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award

In For Writers, Journals and Magazines, Writing Opportunities by Midge Raymond

Calling all fiction writers: Save the date (September 3 deadline) for submissions to the Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award, co-sponsored by the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Ashland Creek Press, and Hawthorne Books. Please see below for complete guidelines, and you can also click here for details and more info. The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines. Entry Fee: $15 Word limit: 5,000 Deadline: September 3, 2013 Grand Prize: $1,000, …