Join our “Climate Change is NOW” writing competition and be able to speak in a Cambridge University event!
Climate Tracker will be part of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2018, and we want you to be part of it too! The winner of the writing competition will speak via video or livestream in the Climate Tracker talk, on February 22nd. We will also award 5 official Cambridge University diplomas to the best writers of the competition!
The year of 2017 has seen an endless series of climate-related disasters, with typhoons, floods and droughts affecting communities worldwide. These frontline farmers, women, indigenous peoples, they realise climate change is NOW, not somewhere in the future. However, not enough action is being taken at a national and international level, creating a dark future, especially for those most vulnerable.
With this writing competition we want you to explain how climate change is affecting your local/regional community in the present day. You can also write how do you think these problems could be combatted, or give examples that are currently working to combat the issues.
The best writer will speak via video or livestream in the lecture that Climate Tracker will give in Cambridge, in February 22nd. Furthermore, the 5 best writers will get a certified diploma by the University of Cambridge, as winners of the writing competition.
Do you want to join? Here is what you have to do:
Between the 15th of January and the 2nd of February you have to write one article about how climate change is affecting your local/regional community in the present day. You can also explain how do you think these problems could be combatted, or give examples that are currently working to combat the issues.
Then you have to publish the article in media in your country or region. It can be a newspaper, a magazine, an online news site, etc. Once your article is published, you have to submit the link to us through our app.
Climate Tracker will revise the articles submitted through the app, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers.
- What is this competition about?
Climate Tracker wants to raise awareness worldwide of the already occurring impacts of climate change, that is why we are asking you to write about how climate change is affecting your community. The winner will get to speak in a University of Cambridge, and the 5 best writers will get an official Cambridge diploma.
- What do I have to write about?
To join the competition, you have to write about how climate change is affecting your local/regional community in the present day. You can also explain how do you think these problems could be combatted, or give examples that are currently working to combat the issues.
- Where do I publish my article?
You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. Willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.
If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “how do I pitch to editors” question below.
- Can I use other formats aside from writing?
Yes, you can also send us video, putting it in youtube and sending us the link, or radio, if you send us the link of the radio programme where you appeared and a transcript of your intervention.
- In which language can I publish my article?
You can publish in any language you prefer. You can choose depending on which audience you want to reach and why.
- Which countries are eligible?
Every country in the world is eligible to participate!
- Is there an age limit?
We accept applicants that are between 18 and 30 years old, but you are encouraged to apply anyway if you do not fulfill this requirement (age is just a number anyway).
- How will the final Trackers be selected?
The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here.
- How do I pitch to editors?
Pitching your story to an editor can be a very difficult part of your work. We know that. We have several tools and ideas to help you. First of all, check this funny piece on how to find editors. Afterwards, you can read this summary on how to do a good pitch, and learn from the practical example it gives. Finally, some last tricks to boost your success.
- It is my first time publishing, can you help me?
For sure! We have created toolkits and handbooks to make your work easier. Check here for a handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed. And also amazing tips on what works and doesn’t when communicating climate change.
Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful: