The Waterman Fund seeks the submission of essays about life in the mountains of the northeastern U.S. for its second annual Waterman Fund Alpine Essay Contest. Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy through essays and stories that celebrate the spirit of the Northeast’s mountains. We encourage the submission of essays that explore the relationship between the human spirit and the environment: specifically, we are seeking personal essays about stewardship of wild places, whether through a scientific lens or an encounter with wildness.
Essays must be original works ranging from 2500 to 4000 words. The submission deadline is May 1, 2009. The winning piece will be published in Appalachia Journal, and the winning essayist will be awarded $2,000. Writers who have not published a book on such topic or who have not been published in a national magazine on such topic are eligible for participation. For details on how to submit an essay or to see examples from last year’s contest, go to http://www.watermanfund.org/categories/events/essay_contest.php