New Nature Writer of the Year terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions

The Promoter is Our Media Limited (an Immediate Group Company) (company number 05715415).

[The BBC Code of Conduct for competitions can be found at  and all BBC magazines comply with the Code.

The promotion is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, except the Promoter’s employees or contractors and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.

New writers are defined as ‘new’ if they have never published nature writing in national print media before. Entrants MAY participate if they have written:

  • blogs and web features about the natural world
  • nature-themed content in local print media, trade media, or subscription-only specialist media
  • print-published work on other subjects, including travel writing
  • entries to writing competitions published in national media.

There is no minimum age for entrants.

The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 8 June, 2022.

By entering the promotion, the participants agree:

  • to be bound by these terms and conditions; and
  • that their surname and county of residence may be released if they win a prize; and
  • that should they win the promotion, their name and likeness may be used by the Promoter for pre-arranged promotional purposes.

How to enter

Entrants should enter by email to Text should be pasted into the body of the email, not attached in a document.

Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered. Postal entries will not be accepted.

Entrants must supply to Our Media Limited their full name, postal address, email address and daytime telephone number.

Entrants aged under 18 must state their age with their competition entry and confirm that they have permission to enter from their parent or guardian.

The Promoter will use entrants’ personal details in accordance with the Immediate Privacy Policy (

Only one entry will be permitted per person.

Receipt will be acknowledged by an automated email reply. Entrants should not approach Countryfile Magazine to verify receipt.

Your words

Entrants should submit copy that reflects the theme: A special place.

Entries deemed by the judges to differ from the theme will be disqualified.

Entries should be based on the entrant’s direct observation of the natural world in the UK.

Entries should be 600-800 words. Entries exceeding 800 words will be disqualified.

All copy included in your entry must be entirely your own.

Countryfile Magazine cannot provide feedback on entries.


Twenty entries will be shortlisted by BBC Countryfile magazine staff.

A panel of up to four judges, to include at least two not employed as BBC Countryfile

Magazine staff, will then choose the winner from the shortlist.

Judging Criteria

The winner will be the entry that best:

  • captures the atmosphere of a place in the UK; on reading, the judges should feel as though they too are standing there.
  • conveys vividly your experience of nature in this place.
  • persuades the judges that the role of nature in this place is exceptional, either objectively or personally to the writer

Shortlisted and winning entrants

Shortlisted entrants should be willing to take part in a photographic shoot at an outdoor location near their home. Photographs will appear in the magazine.

Shortlisted entrants should be willing to supply some basic personal information for publication in the magazine, including age and home county.

Shortlisted entries or extracts thereof may be reproduced in the magazine or website (

The winning entry will be published in full in issue 195 of the magazine – the October 2022 issue, out on 22 September.

The Promoter’s decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to the promotion will be entered into.

The winner will be notified within 40 days of the close of the promotion by telephone or email.

There is no cash alternative and the prize will not be transferable.

The surname and county of residence of the winner will be available upon request by email to within two months of the closing date of the promotion.

The Promoter will contact the winner[s] before releasing this information and provide the winner[s] the opportunity to object or limit the amount of information shared. If the winner cannot be contacted, or fails to respond within 14 days of such notification being sent, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future promotion.

The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries.

The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winner[s] arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.

The promotion is subject to the laws of England.