South Carolina Wildlife magazine is proud to announce its inaugural personal essay contest which aims to feature the best high school and undergraduate nature writing. We want compelling, tightly written creative nonfiction essays between 800 and 1,500 words. The winner will receive a $250 prize made possible by the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund and publication on the SouthCarolinaWild.org website and in South Carolina Wildlife magazine during 2019. The top five submissions will be featured on SouthCarolinaWild.org.

The SCW Essay Contest seeks stories which celebrate South Carolina’s natural resources, have a strong sense of place and use descriptive language. Similarly, we like stories about wildlife, landscape and outdoor activities with a refreshing perspective on our relationship with nature.

The contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students. The SCW Essay Contest is unable to accept simultaneous submissions. SCW only accepts original, unpublished work.

To enter, email your story to our SCW staff. The submission period is open through April 30, 2019.  All submissions should be double-spaced in twelve point Times New Roman font. Finally, please include a cover page with your name, address, email, phone number and high school or university. We look forward to reading your best writing!

2019 judges include the staff of South Carolina Wildlife magazine and a panel of SCW freelance writers.

South Carolina Wildlife, the flagship publication of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of our state’s wildlife and natural resources and to the education of our people to the value of these resources.  South Carolina Wild is an online publication produced by South Carolina Wildlife magazine and supported by the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on South Carolina Wild are solely those of the authors, and do not reflect official policies, positions, or endorsements of activity or products by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.