Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is delighted to present its Ocean Storytelling Writing Grant as the latest development in their continued drive to support a new generation of ocean storytellers who can convey conservation crises with precision and empathy and kindle the kind of wonder that drives us. all closer to the sea.
This writing category builds on the legacy of their previous photography grants and is dedicated to supporting a diverse generation of emerging conservation storytellers. While they don’t expect all applicants to be ocean-focused writers, they are specifically looking for writers who can tell conservation stories about the ocean. Whether describing the sea animals themselves, or the fisheries, or the communities whose lives are intertwined with the life of the sea, a writer’s words can inform, transport, enchant, love and persuade.
Winners will receive a paid assignment to cover a conservation story under the direct mentorship of the storytelling grant team. They are particularly keen to support early career and emerging storytellers and aim to encourage new voices with fresh perspectives and approaches to writing, so although applicants should already be engaged in writing, they should not have more than five years of professional experience in any discipline related to writing. . They encourage women and applicants from underrepresented communities to apply for this opportunity. Applications will be accepted both directly by open call and by nomination.
Three winners will be selected for the scholarship.
- Each winner will receive a cash prize of US$2,000 and will be assigned a paid writing assignment to document a marine research or conservation project supported by SOSF. He or she will take an all-expenses-paid trip to visit this SOSF project anywhere in the world to complete the assignment. SOSF has funded over 400 projects in over 85 countries and each winning writer will be assigned to tell one of these stories.
- Fellows will be mentored by Dr. Helen Scales (marine biologist and best-selling author), Swati Thiyagarajan (conservation journalist at the Sea Change Project), and Dr. Lauren De Vos (SOSF science writer). Dr. James Lea (SOSF CEO) and Jade Schultz (SOSF Chief Content Officer) join the panel as judges.
- All winners will have the chance to present their published assignment on marine conservation.
- The SOSF Ocean Storytelling Writing Fellowship is open only to emerging writers, which means applicants should have no more than five years of professional experience in any photography-related discipline (but should already be engaged in the profession).
- Application must be made through the SOSF Grants Online Portal
- All applicants must complete the written questionnaire as part of their application.
- All stories entered are used for judging purposes only.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- SOSF employees and anyone connected with the administration of the competition are not eligible to apply for this grant.
- The conditions set out in the registration rules are binding.
- By submitting your application, you automatically agree to abide by the SOSF Ocean Storytelling Writing Fellowship Entry Rules.
- The feature-length story should not exceed 1000 words.
- The story should transport the reader to the ocean and include some aspect of conservation and/or science. Applicants should think broadly – history topics can range from the animals themselves, scientific discoveries, to fishing and the communities whose lives are intertwined with marine life.
- By submitting an entry, the entrant grants FSOS the right to share the submitted stories on the FSOS website and FSOS social media if selected as a finalist. Applicant also retains full and exclusive commercial rights.
- At the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), they have a long history of supporting marine conservation and education projects and believe that to truly translate knowledge into effective and meaningful change, they must communicate through engaging stories.
- They are specifically looking for writers who can tell conservation stories about their oceans, from the animals themselves, to the fisheries, to the communities whose lives are intertwined with marine life.
- They particularly seek to support early career and emerging storytellers and aim to encourage new voices with new perspectives and approaches to writing. So, although applicants must already be engaged in writing, they should have no more than five years of professional experience in a writing-related discipline.
- As with their photography scholarships, they particularly encourage women and applicants from underrepresented communities to apply for this opportunity.
Applications will be accepted both directly by open call and by nomination.
Obligations of Grant Holders
- SOSF storytelling recipients agree to document a marine conservation story to be mutually agreed with SOSF in 2023 in the form of a feature article (over 2,000 words) and published in Save Our Seas magazine or other media .
- They will receive a cash prize of US$2,000 and be paid for the assignment, with all expenses covered to visit an SOSF project somewhere in the world.
- Copyright in all materials produced during the assignment belongs to the grantee, and they will be assisted by the grant team to have their work published in a feature-based outlet.
- The winners also authorize SOSF to use all documents produced on assignment (the article, any media) exclusively for a period of 12 months (unless SOSF and the beneficiary work together to publish the article in an external media). After this period, the recipient is free to license/sell the work to other media, but SOSF retains indefinite non-exclusive non-commercial use rights, which include:
- To be used for Save Our Seas magazine.
- The SOSF website and social networks.
- All media related to the SOSF Ocean Storytelling Writing Fellowship promotion.
- Non-profit conservation and outreach by SOSF and its conservation scientists.
- All entrants agree that, if awarded the grant, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the
- The decision of the organizers on all matters relating to the contest is final and binding. The organizers reserve the right to change the rules and waive rule violations at their sole discretion, acting reasonably.
For more information, visit https://saveourseas.com/ocean-storytelling-writing-grant/