A new literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing

See the shortlist

Winner announced: 18 November 2019

The Nan Shepherd Prize is a new competition to find the next voice in nature writing. It aims not only to celebrate nature writing but provide an inclusive platform for new and emerging nature writers from underrepresented backgrounds.

The winner of The Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing will receive a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 – and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates.

Submissions for the Nan Shepherd Prize closed on 10 September 2019. The shortlist was announced on 21 October 2019, and the winner will be announced on 18 November 2019. During the submissions period, the Canongate team offered resources intended to demystify the publishing process. You can view these here.

Details of eligibility can be found here.

Nan Shepherd is one of our most beloved authors and while her classic of nature writing The Living Mountain took three decades to first find a publisher, today the book is recognised as a masterpiece and Nan is inspiring a new generation of writers. We felt that a prize named after her was a fitting way to honour her legacy.

At Canongate, we have a track record of publishing great nature writing from established voices such as Annie Dillard, Dan Richards, John Lister-Kaye and Nan Shepherd, of course, as well as launching new writers like Amy Liptrot, Charlotte Runcie and Kerri ní Dochartaigh.

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