We know that the publishing industry can feel like a closed book. That’s why we’ve worked with the Canongate team and industry experts to offer these resources intended to demystify the publishing process.

We’ll take a look at the competition brief and delve into what we mean by nature writing, and what we would typically look for in a non-fiction proposal. We’ll examine what agents look for when they’re reading, and take a look at what you can expect from the publishing process. And we’ll talk about where you can send your work and what it’s like to work with an editor on your book.

Still got questions? Ask us through our contact page or on Twitter @NanPrize and we’ll do our best to help.

Writing about nature

Advice for aspiring nature writers: what does it mean to write about nature, place and the environment?


For when you know what you want to write about, but you're not sure what form your book should take.

Breaking down the brief

Thinking of entering the Nan Shepherd Prize, but not sure about what to submit?

What is nature writing?

What we talk about when we talk about nature writing.

Literary agents

Whether you are looking to apply to agents with your own projects or want to find some inspiration, we have gathered some essential information on UK literary agents representing nature writing.

Tips on getting started

Top tips on how to get published already available online.

Writer retreats

Residencies offer a place, organisation or community in which to encourage new writing. Many offer bursaries or free places for those who may find course fees a barrier to attending.

Magazines and awards

These magazines and awards accept submissions from unpublished writers – get involved!

Book festivals

Book festivals throughout the UK are a great place to hear and meet authors, and get inspired. Here are some of our favourite festivals with a strong nature writing presence.


Find inspiration in prize shortlists and winners.

Who to follow and what to read

Some authors we love, and we think you might too...

Marchelle Farrell


About Nan Shepherd
The author of The Living Mountain and inspiration for the prize
About the Prize
Find out more about the only literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing