Reconnect Earth seeks poems and essays for Coming Back Home: Re-imagining an Inclusive Environmentalism, a contest for writers between the ages of 16 and 29. We’re interested in hearing your thoughts prompted by this question: What does a diverse, inclusive twenty-first-century environmental movement look like to you?
A respectful, reciprocal relationship with the Earth is as the heart of nearly all traditional cultures in every part of the world. Yet too often, the mainstream environmental movement tells a narrative which centers the experiences of White male environmentalists while excluding People of Color, Indigenous people, and women. We want to know what a new environmentalism that’s inclusive of all people would look like–as you imagine it, or perhaps as it is already taking shape. We’re interested in writing that is creative, thought-provoking, and personal rather than academic. We want to hear what an inclusive environmental movement looks like to you.
To enter the contest, please email your roughly 1,000-5,000 word essay or up to two-page poem to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31st, with the subject line “Coming Back Home Submission.” Your writing should be included as an attachment and your name should not appear anywhere on the document (however, please include your name and contact info in the body of the email itself). Contest judges will award a first place, second place, and up to two honorable mentions.
Entries will be judged by a panel of Reconnect Earth’s volunteer board members. All winning pieces of writing will be published on the Reconnect Earth website, and winners will be awarded the following prizes:
First place: $150 cash prize and $150 registration fee credit applicable toward any Reconnect Earth program or event.
Second place: $100 cash prize and $100 registration fee credit applicable toward any Reconnect Earth program or event.
Honorable mentions: $100 registration fee credit applicable toward any Reconnect Earth program or event.
Submissions must be received by the end of the day October 31st to be considered.
Reconnect Earth takes college and high-school age students outside to learn about and explore environmental issues, social justice, and grassroots activism. Learn more about our programs for students at reconnectearth.org.