NAOMI SHIHAB NYE TO JUDGE THE CATERPILLAR POETRY PRIZE 2022
The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It is awarded annually to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.
The judge is Helen Macdonald, who is a writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Her book H is for Hawk won many prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Costa Book of the Year, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, and in the US was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and lives in Suffolk.
THE JUDGE Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems for adults and children. Her honours include awards from the International Poetry Forum, the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award and four Pushcart Prizes. In 1988, she received the Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award, judged by W. S. Merwin. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015, and is currently the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.
The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
There is a 4,000 maximum word limit. The entry fee is €15 per entry and you can enter as many pieces as you like.
The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth.
HOW TO APPLY
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
The poems can be on any subject.
The entry fee is €14 per poem. You can ENTER ONLINE or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.
**If you are concerned about formatting online, please go through the online process and then email your poem as a Word attachment with your entry number directly to [email protected]**
Please remember to read the RULES of the competition before you enter.
CLOSING DATE: 31 MARCH 2022
The winner will be announced in June 2022 and the winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email [email protected] for more details.
For more information, please visit the official website.