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Tim Winton: Nature Writing Prize

The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Nature Writing Prize was created to celebrate and promote the art of nature writing in Australia, and encourage a greater appreciation of Australia’s magnificent landscapes.

This year, writers of all stages in their writing journey were invited to participate, and the tough job of shortlisting and selecting a winner lies with this year’s judges – novelist, essayist and editor Ashley Hay; and writer and environmental historian Cameron Muir.

Join us for a special evening to celebrate the 2023 winner announcement and see who will be awarded the $7,500 prize for their winning essay in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’, with a keynote presentation from author and passionate conservationist, Tim Winton.

Tim Winton is the author of 29 books. Listed as a National Living Treasure, few other Australian writers have had such a broad-ranging and far-reaching cultural impact, from the arts and sciences, to environmental education, and conservation policy. In June 2023, Tim Winton received an Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to literature as an author and novelist, to conservation, and to environmental advocacy.

The event is proudly brought to you by The Nature Conservancy Australia and has been made possible thanks to the vision, and a generous donation, from The McLean Foundation, which promotes and celebrates the literature of nature and literature in nature in Australia.