Named after nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the prizes are awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values and celebrates nature and our natural environment, nurturing respect for our planet, or warning of the dangers to it across the globe. There are three prize categories:
2023 Key Dates
Submissions open – 16th March
Submissions close – 13th April
Longlist Announcement – 20th June TBC
Shortlist Announcement – 20th July TBC
Ceremony – 8th September TBC
Read more about the prize below…
2022 Winners Announced
2021 Winners Announced
2023 Submissions open
We are delighted to open submissions for the 10th anniversary James Cropper Wainwright Prize.
The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing – recognises narrative-driven titles that reveal and celebrate some aspect of nature and the outdoors. Also recognises UK-based travel writing (not guidebooks) covering Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Wainwright Prize for Writing on Conservation – recognises narrative-driven titles that make the case for nature conservation or tackling climate change.
The Wainwright Prize for Children – recognises titles in children’s publishing that emphasise the importance of inspiring young people to engage with nature and the outdoors or understanding the need for conservation or tackling climate change. The book could be illustrated, fiction or non-fiction and for children of any age.
Writing on Conservation
Children's Nature & Conservation Writing
Meet Our Featured Artist
We are honoured and delighted to introduce this years’ featured artist: Helen Musselwhite. Helen works with paper to create magical illustrated models and sets. Cutting by hand, she uses coloured and painted paper to build stunning, detailed multi-layered scenes inspired by the natural world and its inhabitants.