Nature writing was once considered to be the rock and roll of literature. In the last few decades it has shown a steady decline. Like all extinctions, nature writing’s gradual disappearance represents a profound loss. Writing in this category is born out of love, respect, and awe of nature. It finds its subject during days of close observation of the beauty of the natural world. Writing about the close relationship between humankind and nature plays an important role in creating interest and building respect for it amongst book lovers and others. There is a pressing need to restore this literary art. The best way to do it is through stories.
Fellows of Nature (FON) has been founded to build a community of nature writers and revive interest in nature writing and reading, and through this form of literature, build awareness and develop respect for nature, and eventually help in conservation. The initiatives of Fellows of Nature will help put the spotlight on critical environment issues through literature.
As part of this initiative, FON South Asia Short Story Award has been initiated in collaboration with Kumaon Literary Festival. A fine collection of short stories on nature will be selected from the contest to be published as a book that will be released at the Taj Colloquium.
To find about more about this project, please visit www.fellowsofnature.in