For underrepresented voices in nature writing

Introducing the winner of the 2023 Nan Shepherd Prize

The third Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing has been won by Alycia Pirmohamed for her submission A Beautiful and Vital Place.

She receives a £10,000 publishing contract with Canongate and an offer of literary representation from Caro Clarke at Portobello Literary. Congratulations to Alycia and to all the shortlisted and longlisted authors.
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What is the Nan Shepherd Prize?

The Nan Shepherd Prize is for unpublished, underrepresented nature writers. It runs every two years, and the next prize will be awarded in 2025. Want to be reminded when we open for submissions? Join our newsletter.

Alycia Pirmohamed

A Beautiful and Vital Place

An urgent, captivating collection of essays about homelands, identity, and the resonances between our bodies and the landscapes we inhabit.

Marchelle Farrell


Moving between Trinidad and an idyllic English country garden, this lyrical and reflective book is about the search for home.

Nina Mingya Powles

Small Bodies of Water

In lyrical, powerful prose, Small Bodies of Water weaves together memories, dreams and nature writing. Exploring everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes to the ancient lunisolar calendar.