High Desert Museum’s 2022 Waterston Desert Writing Prize deadline approaches


Writers have less than one month to submit their work for the High Desert Museum’s 2022 Waterston Desert Writing Prize.

Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, May 1 at 11:59 pm.

The Prize honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy with the desert as both subject and setting. 

The Prize award grew to $3,000 this year.

The winner also receives a residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, an arts and sciences residency campus located on Summer Lake and will be featured in a reception and awards ceremony at the Museum in Bend in September 2022.

Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the High Desert, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. 

In 2020, the High Desert Museum—which has long hosted events for the Prize—adopted the program.

To learn more about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize and how to submit an entry, visit highdesertmuseum.org/waterston-prize.


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