At The Tree Council, we work with amazing young people in schools across the UK to take action and stand up as a force for nature. After last year’s outstanding response, we’re once again partnering with The Week Junior Science+Nature to launch our exciting writing competition.
We know just how important trees are, fundamentally giving us the oxygen we need to live whilst also enhancing our lives, making us feel calmer when things are tough. It’s time to speak up and tell your story in nature!
Whether you write a poem or a piece of prose, fiction or non-fiction, we want you to tap into why nature is important to you. It might be a poem about your favourite tree, a story told from the perspective of an acorn or a description of a green space that you really love. It might be set in the past, present or future, on earth or elsewhere. See where the seeds of your imagination take you!
To help you get started, we’ve created this handy guide full of tips and ideas. By telling nature’s story, we can all make a difference – so let’s get creative for our planet!
Harry’s top tips for writing about nature
Our Ambassador Harry Munt is an experienced freelance writer with a passion for nature, as well as beng one of the judges of our ‘Story in Nature’ competition. Watch the video below as Harry share’s some of his tricks of the trade to help you get the most from your story in nature.
- The competition is open to all children in the UK aged between 8 and 15.
- There are two age categories: under 11 and 11-15. One winner will be chosen from each category.
- The competition opens to entries on 12 November 2022 and closes at 23.59 GMT on 5 December 2022.
- The winner, runners-up and shortlisted entries will be announced on 6 January 2023.
- Entries can be submitted using the online form below or via email or post if preferred.
- Each child can only submit one entry. Each entry must be submitted by the child’s parent/guardian or a teacher with permission to submit.
- The two winners will each receive a year’s free subscription to The Week Junior Science+Nature magazine, a £50 book voucher and a book bundle from The Tree Council!
- All shortlisted entries will be published in an exclusive e-book and will receive a certificate.
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Submit your story
The easiest way to submit your child’s entry is by using our online form.
Alternatively, to enter via email please download and complete the entry form and send it along with your child’s entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header ‘Story in Nature competition entry.’
To enter via post, please download, print and complete the Entry form and send it along with your child’s entry to The Tree Council at 4 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU. Please mark the envelope ‘Story in Nature competition.’
To those teachers inspiring their pupils to enter our competition and be a #ForceforNature, download our lesson resource to deliver a nature writing lesson that inspires entries.