Go (Write) Wild!

You have until March 15, 2006, to submit a (previously unpublished) essay to the Second Annual Wild Iowa Essay Project, which “encourages thoughtful, effective writing about the wild in Iowa. The Project is not a contest so much as an organized opportunity to inspire people of all ages to think and write about what the wild is and could be in Iowa.”

According to the essay and submission guidelines (which you of course need to read in full), entries should address “one or more of the following questions. Authors are encouraged to use specific examples and personal experiences.

*What does/should ‘wildness’ mean to Iowans?
*How have we moved away from the wild in Iowa, and what harm has that caused?
*Where does the wild still exist in Iowa now?
*How can Iowans ‘rewild’?
*What would a ‘wilder Iowa’ look like?”

Note that there are two submission categories, “Youth” and “Adult.” Entries “may be in any prose essay form, ranging from expository to creative nonfiction.” Word limit: 3,000 words.

Selected essays will win cash awards “of up to $300.” Winning essays that are submitted electronically will be published on the Wild Iowa Essay Project website. There’s no entry fee.