Enter Essay Contest

We have no specific prompt for the 2022 essay contest. Just keep in mind when you pick up your pens or turn on your computers that Laura and Guy Waterman spent a lifetime exploring, living, and writing within the boundaries of culture and nature, and through our annual contest, the Waterman Fund seeks new voices on the role and place of wilderness in today’s world. Please send us your essays on what the wild and wilderness means to you.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2022. 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 files 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 $1,500 and published in Appalachia Journal. The Honorable Mention essay will receive $500. Both essays will be published on our web site. For the purposes of this contest, an emerging writer is considered someone who has a solid writing background or interest but has not yet published a major work of prose on this topic or been featured in national publications.

We welcome personal, scientific, adventure, or memoir essays; fiction, poetry, or songs are not eligible for this contest. We welcome all inquiries at essays@watermanfund.org.