Nature Writing

a group of people who draw inspiration from and write using the natural world as foil, as metaphor, as place. Fiction or non-fiction, poetry, long form, short form.

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Seriously, A Comic Haiku Contest

Started by Alle C. Hall Feb 13, 2014. 0 Replies

 About Childhood's Nowhere-Near-Annual Frozen Fish Head Haiku Contest• No fee• Cash prize ($17).• No on-line self-promotion or vote drumming-upping. Keepin’ it classy.• Submit February 28st - March…Continue

Looking for a critique group- Round 2!

Started by Amanda K. Jaros. Last reply by Michelle Gluch Nov 25, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi all. My critique partner Monica Devine and I are looking for a third (maybe a fourth) partner to join us in some monthly online critiquing. In the past we submitted once a month and had to…Continue

good nature writing publishing and reading

Started by Amanda K. Jaros. Last reply by Carol Clouse Jul 29, 2013. 10 Replies

I'm just wondering where you all publish your nature writing?  And maybe more importantly, what nature writing are you reading?We can each search out all the venues, books, magazines, blogs, and…Continue

Fact Checking - When is enough, enough?

Started by Adrienne Ross Scanlan. Last reply by Amanda K. Jaros May 21, 2013. 3 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm in the process of finishing my manuscript for a book of essays on restoring nature in urban settings. In the past, I've done all my own fact checking prior to publishing…Continue

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Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on January 3, 2016 at 4:25pm

The Blue Lyra Review is now open for nonfiction submissions. We’re looking for work that doesn’t shy away from how hard life can be but which also explores courage, resilience, and life’s beauty. Please show up on the page with a unique voice and a personal stake in a discernible conflict. We want to see work that weaves into the fabric of the essay a shift in perspective, a struggle towards greater understanding, a meaningful resolution, or at least some good questions. No safe, saccharin stories or unearned happy endings, please. Find out more at:

We are always looking for nature writing.

Comment by Marcia Mabee on April 27, 2015 at 5:50pm

I write a simple blog about living, part-time, in the middle of one of Virginia's Natural Area Preserves:  My main writing effort is a memoir called, Naked Mountain, which is nearing the end of the developmental editing phase. I also have been giving talks to the local chapters of the Virginia Native Plant Society on how Naked Mountain became one of Virginia's Natural Area Preserves -- a process of discovery that has been, and still is, exhilarating.  Here is the crux of my memoir in six words:  Preserve a mountain; be enthralled, consoled.  

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on March 3, 2015 at 3:49pm

The spring issue of the Blue Lyra Review is up - you can see it at:

Enjoy the sunshine with the Blue Lyra Review’s spring issue -

Once again, I invite the writers in this group to submit material. I will be on sabbatical for the summer issue (Suzanne Cope is the guest editor), but I will be back for the October issue. Whether summer or fall, Blue Lyra Review is always looking for nature writing.

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on February 27, 2015 at 2:10pm

Sorry for the short notice (it's been a hectic month), but remember - - application deadline for the NEA Creative Writing Fellowships is March 11.  Details at:

Comment by Cate Warren on February 27, 2015 at 2:03pm

Hi everyone! I'm a born and raised nature worshipper, reared by the wisdom of David Suzuki and Farley Mowat, and have an intense need to live near a significant body of water--I feel I wilt otherwise. Nature is an integral part of my fiction, as much a character as the people. This looks like a fantastic group to find out about more books and articles wherein nature, the love of my life, is the central figure. Cheers! CW

Comment by Shannon Huffman Polson on February 10, 2015 at 11:06pm

Applications being accepted for the Orion Broadleaf Conference as well- I'd love to do this one year, and what a round up of staff!

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on February 6, 2015 at 1:02pm

Is anyone going to the Geography of Hope / Women and the Land Conference? It's sponsored by the Center for Humans and Nature (which publishes the City Creature blog) and will be held in March. I'm tempted...

Full details here:

Comment by Carol Clouse on July 11, 2014 at 1:14pm

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Women's true nature stories for WIN-Women in Nature book series, on... Food, Adventure, Children, Healing, and MORE!  For more info go to:

Women in Nature


Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on July 11, 2014 at 12:12pm

Carol, the link to your anthology is broken. You'll need to trim off the extra http, most likely.

Good timing, by the way. I'm working on a summer issue of my newsletter and will include it.

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on May 21, 2014 at 2:29pm

The Blue Lyra Review is hosting The Living Earth Creative Nonfiction Prize, to be judged by Sharman Apt Russell, author of Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist and Diary of a Citizen Scientist.  Essays can be 5,000 words maximum and must be about nature. Prize is $100, and entry fees are $9 per entry ($15 includes purchase of the Blue Lyra Review’s 2014 anthology).


The contest is open for submissions May 1 – June 30. Full guidelines and submittable link are at:


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