Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy of stewardship through essays that celebrate and explore issues of wilderness, wildness, and humans through the Fund’s annual essay contest.
For the 2017 Waterman Fund essay contest, emerging writers are asked to offer and explore stories of what humans build in wild places, considering the ecological and emotional integrity of wilderness and wildness. From trails and bridges to communities and visitor service facilities, humans have an undeniable impact on the wild places we love, even as we seek to steward these most meaningful landscapes for their own sakes, ourselves and future generations.
How do we strike a balance—personally and culturally—between discovering and sustaining the spirit and substance of wilderness and wildness?
The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2017. Submissions should be 2000-3000 words. Please include contact information and a few lines about why the writer feels their essay is appropriate for the contest. Online submissions of double-spaced manuscripts in a 12-point font, Word doc compatible file are preferred. If submitting by mail, please include an email address. We will announce the winners at the end of June. The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia. The Honorable Mention essay will receive $500. Both essays will be published on our website as well. Our definition of “emerging writers” is explained in the Conditions & Limits, as well as more specific information regarding official rules of entry.
The Waterman Fund’s objective is to strengthen the human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridgelines and alpine areas of the Northeast. We welcome personal, scientific, adventure, or memoir essays; fiction, poetry, or songs are not eligible for this contest.
Please contact Bethany Taylor by mail or email with questions.
To submit an entry, email a Word document (or compatible format) to:
attn: Bethany Taylor
or mail to:
The Waterman Fund
Attn: Bethany Taylor
P.O. Box 1064
East Corinth, VT 05040
The Waterman Fund fosters the spirit of wildness and strengthens the stewardship and understanding of the alpine areas of Northeastern North America to conserve their ecological, cultural, and recreational values. We pursue this mission through education, trail rehabilitation, and research. We welcome personal, scientific, adventure, or memoir essays; fiction, poetry and songs are not eligible for this contest.