2nd Annual Nature’s Storytellers Writing Contest Guidelines

2nd Annual Nature’s Storytellers Writing Contest Guidelines

Are you one of nature’s storytellers? Do you have a story to tell about the land, water, or wildlife around you? Share your words with the community!



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 this earth, in Central Washington. Stories can involve nature as characters, narrators, heroes, villains, tricksters, or something totally different. It’s up to you!



We’re accepting works in the following three forms:

Prose (Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction): 5,000-word max / no minimum

Poetry: 500-word max / no minimum


We’re accepting works from the following two age groups: Youth (18 and under) and Adult



Submission Deadline: EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, February 24, 2021






  • Contest winners will be published in an e-book created by the Yakima Valley Libraries.
  • 1st and 2nd Prizes (TBD) from community businesses will be awarded in four categories Adult & Youth Prose, Adult & Youth Poetry.
  • Winners will be invited to perform their work as part of a live Virtual Reading event held over Zoom on the evening of Wednesday March 17, 2021.




Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from Cowiche Canyon Conservancy volunteers.

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