Is change a sparkling jewel of fate or an unnecessary diversion in what was already a good thing? We’re interested in creative nonfiction essays on change over time with an environmental lens, particularly dealing with the concept of solastalgia—"the homesickness you have when you are still at home." How has the environment progressed around you, and how is it causing existential distress to your community? What’s happened to your hometown that you only visit twice a year? Have you noticed how your body reacts to the pollen in the spring, when you've never noticed it at all? We love to see a rainbow at the end of the storm, but we’re also perfectly fine watching the gray skies from our window. Let’s see how your places have changed.
As opposed to nostalgia—the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home—solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment.
We believe that the work our writers create has value, so we pay an honorarium of $100 for selected work. The author with the winning creative nonfiction essay will receive $1000 and mentorship in either craft or professional development from our guest judge of this anthology.
All selected writers are also encouraged to participate in two FREE craft workshops taught by the guest judge in the year following their submission for the contest.
Submissions close on April 30, 2024.