We know that the publishing industry can feel like a closed book. That’s why we’ve worked with the Canongate team and industry experts to offer these resources intended to demystify the publishing process.

Still have questions? Ask us through our contact page or on Twitter @NanPrize and we’ll do our best to help.

Recorded online workshop: How to craft your nature writing book proposal

Caro Clarke of Portobello Literary guides you through writing your proposal in this recorded session.

Breaking down the brief

Thinking of entering the Nan Shepherd Prize, but not sure about what to submit?

Writing about nature

Advice for aspiring nature writers: what does it mean to write about nature, place and the environment?


For when you know what you want to write about, but you're not sure what form your book should take.

What is nature writing?

What we talk about when we talk about nature writing.

Tips on getting started

Top tips on how to get published already available online.

Who to follow and what to read

Some authors we love, and we think you might too…


Find inspiration in prize shortlists and winners.

Book festivals

Book festivals throughout the UK are a great place to hear and meet authors, and get inspired. Here are some of our favourite festivals with a strong nature writing presence.

Magazines and awards

These magazines and awards accept submissions from unpublished writers – get involved!

Literary agents

Whether you are looking to apply to agents with your own projects or want to find some inspiration, we have gathered some essential information on UK literary agents representing nature writing.

Agent interview: James Macdonald Lockhart

James Macdonald Lockhart is a literary agent at Antony Harwood Ltd.

Agent interview: Kirsty McLachlan

Kirsty McLachlan is a literary agent at David Godwin Associates.

Agent interview: Laura Macdougall

Laura Macdougall is a literary agent at United Agents.

Agent interview: Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is a literary agent at the Sophie Hicks Agency and also runs the film and television side of the agency.

Agent interview: Carrie Plitt

Carrie Plitt is a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Agent interview: James Gill

James Gill is a founding partner and literary agent at United Agents.

Agent interview: Catherine Clarke

Catherine Clarke is a literary agent and managing director at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Writer retreats

Residencies offer a place, organisation or community in which to encourage new writing. Many offer bursaries or free places for those who may find course fees a barrier to attending.

So… you haven’t been longlisted or you missed the submissions deadline?

Some tips from the Nan Shepherd Prize team.

Writer interview: Seán Hewitt

We spoke to Seán Hewitt about his poetry collection Tongues of Fire, writing and his route to publication.