A prize of $2,000 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA 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 invited to read at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, in June. John Calderazzo will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of nonfiction, a one-page project description, and a brief bio by April 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Writing Ranch, Waterston Desert Writing Prize, P.O. Box 640, Bend, OR 97709. (541) 480-3933.