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Named after nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the prizes are awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values and include a celebration of nature and our natural environment or a warning of the dangers to it across the globe. In 2022 there are three prize categories:

Nature Writing
Conservaton Writing
Children's Writing

Key Dates


Submissions open – 21st March
Submissions close – 15th April
Rebrand and judges announced – 17th June
Longlists Announcement – 23rd June 
Shortlist Announcement – 28th July 
Ceremony – 7th September 

Read more about the prize below…

2021 Winners Announced

Nature Writing

SHORTLIST 2022

Writing on Conservation

SHORTLIST 2022

Children's Nature & Conservation Writing

SHORTLIST 2022

2021 Winners Announced

Judging Panel

Key Dates

LONGLIST LAUNCH:

24th

June

Shortlist LAUNCH:

4th

August

Ceremony:

7th

September

Latest News

28 July 2022

James Cropper Wainwright Prize 2022 shortlists announced

Inaugural Children’s Nature and Conservation Prize shortlist includes 2020 Nature Writing Prize winner, Dara McAnulty; bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave; and 2022 Yoto Carnegie Medal winner, Katya Balen
23 June 2022

James Cropper Wainwright Prize 2022 longlists announced

Helen Musselwhite announced as official James Cropper Wainwright Prize paper artist for 2022
17 June 2022

2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize Judges revealed as new children's award launches!

The Prize has been rebranded the James Cropper Wainwright Prize and a new logo has been created following a multi-year commitment from the papermaker.

Meet Our Featured Artist

Helen Musslewhite

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.

Proudly Sponsored by James Cropper

The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature and Conservation Writing, is delighted to announce the agreement of a 3 year deal for headline sponsorship with James Cropper, a prestige paper innovator, based in the English Lake District, with an operational reach in over 50 countries.

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