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Essay Contest

RCWMS is committed to supporting women as they find their voices and make them heard. Our 2017 Essay Contest will open for submissions in October. Women eighteen years of age and older may submit previously unpublished nonfiction essays of 1400 words or less.

THEME: Essays should focus on the theme "Ecofeminism" or "Spirituality and the Natural World." We invite submissions that consider this theme in creative ways. Writers might consider how your spirituality or faith has been shaped by your experiences in the natural world. Does your spiritual practice include a relationship with nature? Does your spirituality or faith inform your concern for the earth?

SUBMISSIONS: Submit online only: https://rcwms.submittable.com/submit

DETAILS: Women 18 years of age or older may submit up to 2 nonfiction essays, 1400 words or less. Previous first-place winners and current RCWMS Board members not eligible. No sermons, please. Do not put your name on your essay(s). Fill out the online cover letter form with the essay's title, your name, address, phone, and email. Submissions open October 15, 2016 and close January 15, 2017.

PRIZES: $300 for first place, $200 second, and $100 third. The winning essay will be published in the RCWMS newsletter, South of the Garden, March 2017.