Hey all you writers and outdoorsy people out there – Our friends at The Waterman Fund are holding an essay contest!
This year’s contest theme is Technology in the woods! Do you venture into the woods with a smart phone or iPad or personal music player? Do you Twitter about bear encounters or call home in the evening? What do you think about “that guy” sitting in the corner of the shelter texting about the number of miles he hiked today? Or are you that guy? How does technology affect personal safety and responsibility? Is keeping the woods separate from our ever-connected world an artificial construct or a necessity? The Waterman Fund is seeking personal essays about the technological changes you’ve seen arriving in the backcountry and how these changes have affected your experience and the wild itself.
The winning piece will be published in Appalachia Journal. The winning essayist will be awarded $1,500. Honorable mention will receive $500.
All are encouraged to submit essays for the 2013 contest. Essays must be original works at least 2,000 words long. Writers who have not published a book on such topic or who have not been published in a national magazine on such topic are eligible for participation. Essays are due April 15, 2013. Winners will be announced by July.