Writing exercise #1

What is it?

The first contribution call is for creative nonfiction essays, ranging from 500-2,000 words, on how your life is affected by ecological changes, including climate change. All submissions must be free of typos and engaging, and may be subject to editing for grammar. Because this site is voluntary, no monetary payments will be made. This exercise is an extension of one given on our Discord. However, you may send a brief biography and links to your work so that others can find more about you.

It is possible that work contributed in writing exercises may one day be considered for an anthology, but only if you, the writer, agrees to the terms. Rewilding Our Stories is affiliated with Dragonfly Publishing in Canada.

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What should you write?

You do not need to include all of the below, but these are some prompts to get you going.

  • This is a place-writing exercise, so think of ecological changes in a place you live, have lived before, or have spent a great deal of time in.
  • Describe the natural landscape, animals, insects, birds, trees, flowers, wildflowers, and more surrounding the place.
  • Describe an event or events that have changed this place. Is the event drastic or happening slowly?
  • Hone in on a couple interesting tidbits: your memory of how something was before and how that has changed.
  • Write with passion for the outdoors.
  • Integrate the human experience in these changes; how have you and others been affected? Describe changes in landscape, seasons, cultural traditions, economy, species, and so on.
  • Feel free to add into your creative nonfiction a brief poem, song, or other piece you’ve written (must have permissions from a publisher with rights, if relevant).
  • A high-resolution image is helpful to use as the feature image. This must be one that you photographed or created. If you licensed the art for use, that is fine too, as long as you provide us the proof.

Where should you send your essay?

Please send a Word file to us.

When is the due date?

This is not a contest, nor a deadline-driven event. Any essays sent in will be published here soon after they’re received. Note that the owner will be on vacation from October 8-21, so stories sent in during that time will be published after October 21.

Rules

  • Please keep the word count between 500-2,000 words.
  • Write in first-person and ensure that the piece is nonfiction.
  • Follow the prompts and explanations above.
  • Permission to publish at this site must be given at the time of submission, but we will not request any print rights.
  • Your piece should not have been published before unless the publisher holding print rights also gives permission.
  • Do not plagiarize any writing or artwork.
  • Please send your writing in a MS Word attachment. Do not send an essay in the body of an email.
  • Check your piece for grammar, typos, spelling, word choice, and other editorial integrity. Avoid jargon, memes, and cliches.
  • Content not acceptable: NSFW, illegal, scientific denial, hatred, discrimination of any kind, misinformation, erotica, and divisive politics.
  • See the Style guide.