A new prize in memory of Nan Shepherd, author of The Living Mountain, was announced this week by the publisher Canongate, which is working with the Nan Shepherd Estate and the University of Aberdeen “to find the next big voice in nature writing, from communities underrepresented in the genre”. The winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing will receive a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 – and the option of literary representation with the agency Jenny Brown Associates. Entries can be submitted from June 24.
Canongate says: “Nan Shepherd is one of our most beloved authors, and while her classic of nature writing The Living Mountain took three decades to first find a publisher, today the book is recognised as a masterpiece and Nan is inspiring a new generation of writers. We felt that a prize named after her was a fitting way to honour her legacy.”