RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize 2022

Entries close 5pm 17 June 2022

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre holds an annual, national Writing for the Environment prize in honour of its founder, Bob Walshe, who passed away in March 2018. Writing was a passion and a skill of Bob’s. He taught and inspired many people to write and write and write! And he believed writing was an important tool in the work of building a sustainable world.

Theme: Peace and Sustainability

The 2022 Sutherland Shire Environment Centre’s national Writing for the Environment competition invites writers – or those who want to write – to submit a fictional piece of prose on the topic of peace and sustainability.


There are three age categories for the 2022 competition: Up to 18 years 19-25 years and Over 65.

Submission Criteria

This national competition is open to Australian citizens only. For the 2022 Writing for the Environment competition, the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre will accept writing that is:

  • A piece of fictional prose that is no more than 800 words in length (pieces that go beyond the word limit will not be considered)
  • Original and on the theme
  • Creative, powerful (it makes an impact on the reader) and quirky
  • Clear in purpose.

Due date

Submissions must be received by 5pm AEST on Friday, 17 June 2022. Winners will be announced on the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre website in August 2022.


There are prizes in each age category: First prize $500, Runner-up $100.

In addition, the Sutherland Shire Writers Group has offered a prize of $100 for a junior writer. The prize is called the Pat Strong Award for a Young Writer. Pat Strong was a foundation member of the Sutherland Shire Writers Group – the group Bob Walshe set up 50 years ago.

If you have any questions please email Phil Smith

Please submit entries via the SSEC website: 

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