Do you have an interest in the conservation of nature? Do you have something to say about it? Do you want us to help you say it and be in with a chance of winning £100?

Closing date: 30 June 2019.

Please read the Competition Guidelines (which includes terms and conditions) before sending your entry.

ECOS is an independent, open access journal. It provides leading-edge comment on policies, debates and challenges in nature conservation. The journal is widely read by people involved in conservation across Britain.

ECOS was founded by students at University College London in 1979. Since then, it has remained a place for students to publish their writing about conservation. In the spirit of this, in 2019 ECOS will host is third Student Article Competition.

As with all articles published in ECOS, we are looking for fresh thinking presented with clarity, and the best articles are in with the chance of winning a cash prize.

Six commended articles will be published in a special edition of ECOS in Autumn 2019, which is read by a wide range of academics, conservationists, campaigners, practitioners and more!

Why enter?

ECOS is a widely-read journal of conservation established in 1980. Your article would have exposure to a wider range of practitioners, organisations, NGOs, and more than 50 universities and colleges.

We are also delighted to offer the following prizes:

First place in category

  • Undergraduate: £100
  • Postgraduate: £100

Second place in category

  • Undergraduate: £50
  • Postgraduate: £50

Who can submit an article?

There are two categories for entrants: undergraduate and postgraduate.

If you are a student at any UK academic institution, or if you completed a course after June 2018, you are eligible and we’d be delighted to have your contribution.

What are we expecting?

We’re looking for thought-provoking, original essays on any aspect of nature conservation. The maximum word count we can accept is 1500 – but writing that much is not compulsory!

For detailed information, download our Competition Guidelines.

The competition closing date is 30 June 2019.

Announcement of winners

The competition is judged by the Trustee Council of the British Association of Nature Conservationists, comprising expert conservation professionals and researchers.

The six selected highly commended articles will be published in the Autumn 2019 issue of ECOS. If your submission is one of the selected articles, we will let you know before the journal is published.