A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA artists and scientists' retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative, with the desert as both subject and setting.” The winner will also be provided with travel and lodging to attend a reception and awards ceremony at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, in June. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of nonfiction and a one-page project description by April 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Waterston Desert Writing Prize, P.O. Box 640, Bend, OR 97709. (541) 480-3933.