The winners of the 2013 Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize were announced on March 23 at The Lark as part of the Tasmanian Writers’ Festival,during Ten Days on the Island.
Tanya Massy of Brunswick West, Victoria, took out first place for her essay, ‘The Tree”. She receives $5,000 and a two-week residency in a Tasmanian national park, along with her return airfares to the State.
Prizes of $250 each went to Bruce Pascoe and John Bennett. All of the prizewinning pieces will be published in Wildtimes, and the winning essay will also appear in Island. To read the judges’ comments on these and other shortlisted entries go to Nature Scribe, the blog of nature writer, Peter Grant, who, at he announcement of the awards, commented:
One small remedy to the overwhelming issues that face our world is to bear witness to the places we share with other life forms. This is one of the reasons for nature writing. Lest we forget where we belong.