Peaceful Dumpling Environmental Writing Prize – Short List Announced


Peaceful Dumpling Environmental Writing Prize

Short List Announced

We would like to thank all writers who submitted their work to the 2019 Peaceful Dumpling Environmental Writing Prize. The following have made the short list, representing the top 2% of all entries. The finalists and winner will be announced on this page in November.

Zoe Taylor, “Trees” (Poetry)

Allison Light, “If It All Burns At Once” (Fiction)

Randy Gross, “About The Dollar Bill” (Fiction)

RK Taylor, “The Creek” (Fiction)

Elizabeth Eve King, “Judge Jessie Show” (Fiction)

Andrea Lani, “The Quilt” (Fiction)

Rebecca Owen, “Home Off The Range” (Fiction)

Anna Van Der Zalm, “Flotsam” (Fiction)

Joan Dobbie, “Weitschmerz” (Poetry)

Mildred Barya, “Falling in Love” (Poetry)

Linnea Kellar, “Yasmel’s Palace” (Fiction)

Barbara Ungar, “El Zunzunchito” (Poetry)

Autumn Stapleton-Laskey, “Thumping” (Poetry)

Dawn Sperber, “I Hear You” (Fiction)

Kailash Iyer, “Perspectives of Reverence” (Fiction)

Elizabeth Spragins, “Methuselah” (Poetry)

Kathleen Donnelly, “Two Degrees” (Fiction)

Eugene Kuznetsov, “Wildfire, Hellfire” (Nonfiction)

Pippa Little, “How the boy found a goldfish in the ponies’ trough on their last day” (Poetry)

Agnes Santhosh, “The Decimation” (Fiction)

Grace Fletcher-Hackwood, “Save Us” (Fiction)

Savanna Kimble, “My Trees” (Poetry)


Peaceful Dumpling was founded in July 2013 with the mission of advocating for both animals and the planet through great writing. We believe that writing has the power to change the world.

Our inaugural Environmental Writing Prize is now open, to foster and celebrate writing that explores the most pressing issues of our times: climate change, environment, conservation, and animal rights.

We are looking for works that are inspired and inspiring; thought-provoking and truthful, yet also imaginative and beautiful as a work of art.

Submission Guidelines

  • All genres must relate to environmental issues such as climate change, environment, conservation, and animal rights.
  • Please use Times New Roman, double-spaced.
  • Must be in PDF format.
  • No author name should appear on the document. Entries will be judged anonymously.
  • Previously unpublished in any format, including blogs.
  • Please include an author bio with publication history (if any) in the body of the email and attach the manuscript as a PDF file, and send to submit@peacefuldumpling.com with the subject: Environmental Writing Prize – [manuscript title here].
  • Submission is open from Earth Day, April 22, 2019 until Thursday August 29, 2019.
  • Winner and runner-ups will be announced on Monday October 7, 2019.
  • Prize is open to international entrants.
  • There is no entry fee.


  • Short story of up to 6,000 words.


  • Creative nonfiction, essay, memoir, or investigative journalism piece of up to 6,000 words.


  • You may enter 1-5 poems in a single PDF document.


  1. We will select one first-place winner who will be awarded $500 and publication on Peaceful Dumpling.
  2. Two runner-ups will also be recognized and published on Peaceful Dumpling.

We look forward to reading your work!



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  • Rair

    Could we submit our work as a word doc?

    • Juhea Kim

      Please send your work as a PDF file only. Thank you!

  • RJ Smith

    for non-fiction pieces, should we include any references we may have used? and if so, is there a preferred citation format (MLA, APA, etc)?

    • Chicago style is preferred, although we are accepting creative nonfiction rather than academic writing so any footnotes and citations should be sparingly used, if at all. Best, Juhea

  • Isabelle C.

    What should the author bio look like?

    • We don’t have a set template, although information on your writing background would be most helpful.

  • Solomon Rivas

    Any announcement re the environmental writing prize? August 7, 2019 has lapsed already.

  • Diane Koerner

    When will the winners be announced?

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