Cowiche Canyon Conservancy presents the 3rd annual Nature's Storytellers Writing Contest and the deadline is Monday, January 31st, 2022.

We’re looking for original writing about or relating to the natural world, especially the wild things that live and breathe in our special place on earth, in Central Washington. Stories can involve nature as characters, narrators, heroes, tricksters, or something totally different. It’s up to you!

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Age Categories

  • Youth: ages 6-12
  • Teen: ages 13 - 18
  • Adult: ages 19 and up

Two Options

  • Prose (short story) that is fiction or creative non-fiction with a maximum of 5,000 words
  • Poetry: 500-word maximum and no minimum

How Many Submissions Per Person?

You can submit up to two stories and two poems per person

What Do You Win?

  • Contest winners will be published in an ebook created by the Yakima Valley Libraries.

  • 1st and 2nd Prizes from community businesses will be awarded in all age and form categories.

  • Winners will be invited to perform their work as part of a Live Reading at a date and location TBA in February. Stay Tuned!

CLICK HERE to submit

Struggling to Find Inspiration?

Take the next few days to really look at your surroundings. Is there anything that seems to stand out for you? Most mornings while I'm in the studio a few bluejays like to play in the trees outside the window. Fat and happy I can't help but smile when I see them. I decided to google what they meant after so many visits and found out they represent faithfulness, solidarity, courage, and protection. They always seem to show up right when I crack the mic, which I take as a sign I am right where I am supposed to be. I hope you coming across this does the same. Now go and write something amazing!

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