Ended July 2020
Joint second prize goes to Nick Taylor Buck for ‘Into the Green’. This is an exciting tale dealing with issues of rainforest destruction. The rainforest comes alive with tactile and colourful descriptions, and the opening scene is breathlessly exciting.
Also joint second is ‘Hopeful Lori’ by Scarlet Placzek, again about rainforest destruction. This is a strong character-driven story about an overly sincere lecturer who comes out of her shell as she fights for green issues. She sees the world in black and white terms but has to learn empathy as she falls in love with a man whose actions she has previously deplored. The author refers to her own professional experience in the sustainability industry and the tree regeneration method FMNR.