(ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE) Ashland Creek Press is holding a contest for its first annual book award, the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature.

Open to unpublished manuscripts such as: novels, memoirs, short stories, and essays, the contest emphasizes positive environmental literature that focuses on environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife rather than an array of stories about hunting and fishing.

The winner will receive a cash prize, and will be published by Ashland Creek Press. The contest is judged by famed environmental author and New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2014. Continue reading for more details on the contest. — Global Animal

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Ashland Creek Press
(Ashland, OR—March 17, 2014) — Ashland Creek Press is pleased to announce the first of an annual book award: The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature.

The contest is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and publication by Ashland Creek Press. The submission deadline is September 30, 2014. For complete writers’ guidelines, visit SiskiyouPrize.com. 

“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. The prize seeks work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. The award isn’t for books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, the prize will be open to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.

The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. Considered a global center of biodiversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou region is an inspiring example of the importance of preservation.

Prize judge Karen Joy Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of three short story collections and six novels, most recently We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award). Her books’ honors and awards include two New York Times Notable Books, the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize, and the World Fantasy Award.

For more information, visit SiskiyouPrize.com or AshlandCreekPress.com.