A new literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing

Nina Mingya Powles is the winner of the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize

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 inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize was announced on 18 November 2019 – congratulations to Nina Mingya Powles whose submission Small Bodies of Water the judges praised for its lyrical and poetic writing. Nina receives a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000.

Details of the incredibly strong shortlisted and longlisted submissions, details of eligibility and resources to help break down the publishing process remain available.

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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