Writers in the Forest – The Forestry Commission writer residencies

As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a new writing competition to diversify nature writing. For the first time, the Forestry Commission have opened applications for two national writer-in-residence opportunities, which will begin in the spring 2019.

The Commission is particularly interested in hearing from people from underrepresented groups, young writers and emerging writers living in urban locations to offer their perceptions of nature in England. It is also looking to attract people using a diverse range of literary forms, including scriptwriters.

During the residency, the selected writers will embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of the nation’s forests, spending time with the people who work there, and the wildlife that calls them home.


Midnight on 14th January 2019


On offer:

  • Unique access to our nation’s forests
  • Promotional support and a platform to share your work
  • Development opportunities
  • £2,500

How to apply

Please send a current CV and pitch outlining your interest in the opportunity and how you might respond creatively to our nation’s forests. Spoken word or short story, poetry or prose…you decide.

They will accept pitches in writing (max 750 words), video (3 max minutes via YouTube or via Dropbox/WeTransfer) or audio (max 3 minutes via SoundCloud)



Published on:
13 Dec 2018


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