The challenge is to write 1000 words on a subject of topical environmental or wildlife interest in Wales which inspires you. The winner will receive £500 donated by WWF Cymru, which is sponsoring the competition for the third year. A runner-up will receive a place worth £500 on the nature writing course at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writers' Centre.
Anne Meikle, head of WWF Cymru, said: "WWF Cymru is delighted to have sponsored this year's Natur Cymru writing competition. It has given budding writers the opportunity to explore and promote such exciting and important topics as wildlife and the environment. We hope reading such talented work will enthuse others into discovering the wonders of nature and some of the threats which they face."
"Natur Cymru is the quarterly magazine the flies the flag for the wildlife and nature of Wales. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate debate and encourage contributions from anyone with a passion for our natural world in Wales," said Natur Cymru's Huw Jenkins.
The judging panel will be looking for the originality of content, use of plain language in either English or Welsh, and the piece's engagement of the reader.
The competition is open to anyone who subscribes to Natur Cymru apart from employees of the magazine, WWF or Ty Newydd. Articles, along with illustrations (if any), are to be submitted by email to email@example.com by 31 March, 2011. The winning articles will be selected by a panel of judges including Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, and published in the Summer 2011 edition of Natur Cymru.