Sustaining Stories Writing Contest

Sustaining Stories Writing Contest

Deadline to Apply: February 21, 2022

$300 Grand Prize (additional prizes for winners in each categories)

Entries due by February 21

Submit your entry to

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.  Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and

This contest is part of the 2022 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, in which Kimmerer argues that the recuperation of indigenous knowledge and ways of living is necessary to sustain the long-term health of our environment. Rather than exploiting the land as a resource, which has contributed to wide-scale environmental degradation, we must instead cultivate a reciprocal relationship to the land we depend on. Essential to this project of mutual sustainability, Kimmerer suggests, are stories that upend our human-centered approach to nature as an inactive object at our disposal. In the spirit of this reorientation, enter your best example of writing that centers nature as an active subject, a teacher of sustainability rather than an object of appropriation. 

Submit your piece of 7,500 words or less for competition in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a Writer under 18