The results of the first-ever Eco-Chick Writing Contest are in! The focus of this year’s competition is Women in Water, which we described as:
Water is clear, refreshing, baptismal. One of our most precious resources, water has long been associated with purity, birth and rebirth. However, with climate change and pollution on the rise, our planet’s water—including fresh water and ocean ecosystems—is threatened. According to the NRDC, polluted water is the world’s most significant health problem, causing and spreading disease.
Writers were encouraged to interpret our theme in any way they chose, as long as their piece had something to do with women and water. Though our contest was focused on women, we encouraged anyone to submit no matter where they fall on the gender spectrum. Submissions should have had an element related to women, such as a female character or a theme related to women’s issues.
Our winners are below! We will be making the pieces available in full individually over the next 2 weeks (if you see a hyperlink for a piece, click on it to read—if it doesn’t have one yet, we haven’t posted it yet.)
Thanks to everyone who submitted!
Winner: Waterlogged, by Sophie Berti
Runner Up: Water Birth Aborted, by Dawn Claflin
Winner: Meditations on Water, from an unwell woman, by Christine Ro
Runner Up: Reservoir, by Sophie Berti
Starre Vartan is the founder and editor of Eco-Chick.com. She is the author of the New York Times-reviewed Eco Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s, 2008). A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program with a focus in nonfiction, her memoir/nature essay Icewalkers won 2nd place in The American Literary Review’s annual competition. She’s a freelance writer whose work has been featured online in Conde Nast Traveler, Scientific American, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and Vice, and she’s a columnist at MNN.com.
Haley Sherif is currently finishing her BFA in Creative Nonfiction at Emerson College. Her work can be found on The Culture-ist. She’s also training in tarot, so she can one day be a full-time witch. Haley was an Eco-Chick intern many moons ago.