Join our Loss and Damage writing competition and win a fully funded fellowship to the May climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany! We will also be awarding two online fellowships to help you improve your writing skills!
We are looking for young writers from Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam or Indonesia who want to make a big impact in their countries by writing about the importance of Loss and Damage and climate migration in their countries. Here lots of information on the topic! and a webinar about it!
The year of 2018 has seen an endless series of climate-related disasters, with typhoons, floods and droughts affecting communities worldwide. The topic of Loss & Damage, designed to compensate the impacts of climate change that are already occurring NOW, is more important than ever. Hopes were high for the negotiations at COP23 to come up with solutions, but ambition from the side of many developed countries was lacking. Ambition needs to be raised on Loss & Damage, and Climate Tracker needs your help to raise ambition!
The best writer will get a chance to attend the climate negotiations in May 2018, which will be held in Bonn. There you will receive training on climate and journalism by Climate Tracker, get to attend the international climate negotiations and meet amazing people from everywhere in the world! You cannot miss this chance!
Do you want to make a difference? Here is what you have to do:
Between the 27th of November and the 10th of December you have to write one article about loss and damage and/or climate migration that relates to your own country. Here an information toolkit with all information you need on the topic! and a webinar about it!
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. We will shortlist the 20 best writers, who will go to the second phase. In January, the shortlisted will be asked to write a second article to prove their writing skills, and after that Climate Tracker will choose the best one to join us in Bonn!
To help you write about these issues, Climate Tracker will prepare an information toolkit, webinars with experts and give you help and feedback on how to pitch to editors, get an article published or learn more about climate in your region. To be up to date with the details of the program, check the app regularly.
- What is this competition about?
The “Loss and Damage” writing competition aims to raise awareness in Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia about the losses and damages that climate change is already creating, and what can be done to address these impacts. You can contribute by helping us to raise awareness on these issues – and you can win nice prizes at the same time!
- What do I have to write about?
To join this competition you will have to write one article on the impacts climate change is already having on your community, country or region now. What kind of losses and damages are taking place and what needs to be done to deal with these impacts? We want you to raise awareness and ambition on the topic of Loss & Damage. To help you write about this topic, please read our L&D information toolkit. Or watch our webinar.
- 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?
Young writers from Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia are eligible to join this competition.
- What happens if my country is not eligible?
Don’t worry, we will be launching many more campaigns and opportunities worldwide during the year, so you will have the opportunity 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.
The final shortlisted candidates may be asked to write another article or demonstrate their journalistic skills in some other way if the final decision is difficult.
- What will Climate Tracker do in Bonn?
Climate Tracker has a long history of attending UNFCCC negotiations. There you will follow the latest advancements in implementing the Paris Agreement, you will hep us report about it to make it understandable to the general public. You will also have the chance to meet governments, NGOs, journalists and climate activists from different parts of the world.
- What is an online fellowship?
Online fellows are paid to deliver a certain amount of articles about certain topics. They also receive personalised training by Climate Tracker and help in refining their publishing skills. It is an amazing opportunity to grow as a writer and collaborate with the Climate Tracker team.
12. 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.
13. 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: