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Call to Writers – RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize 2020

July 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm 5:00 pm

In honour of its former patron, Bob Walshe, who passed away in March 2018, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre holds an annual Writing for the Environment prize.

Writing was a passion and a skill of Bob’s. He taught and inspired many people to write and write and write!  And the origins of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre was in a writing course in the Sutherland Shire. Through the R D Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize, SSEC continues to value the role and place of writing in helping to shape a sustainable world – healthy people living on a healthy planet. This is a call to writers and those who want to write. The competition is for people who are Australian citizens and 25 years or younger.


Note: there are two age categories for the 2020 competition:

* Up to 18 years

* 19 – 25 years (Note: it is your age on the date of entry that determines your category.)


For the 2020 Writing for the Environment Prize, entries should be:

* 800-1000 words. Submissions falling outside these word limits will be not be considered.

* Original and on the topic.

* Fiction.

* Prose.

* Creative and quirky.

* Clear in purpose and audience.

The topic for 2020 for both categories is I am Earth.

Prize money of $500 is allocated for the winner of each age category. A prize of $100 will be given to a runner-up in each age category. Winners may be asked to provide evidence of their age.

* Due date: Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 3 July, 2020. Winners will be announced in early September.


The judging panel will comprise a representative of the Board of Sutherland Shire Environment Centre and two writers. By submitting your piece of writing, you give permission for the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre to publish it on its website and elsewhere as appropriate.

Submit via email to Phil Smith phil@ssec.org.au. Each entry must be a Word document (not pdf). At the top of the first page, write the title and your name; at the end of your piece of writing, write your name, age, location, word count, and where you heard about the competition.

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Smith phil@ssec.org.au or on 0412 338 687.