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09/27/2014 08:00 AM ET   
News from: Moon Willow Press Announces Climate Change Story Winner

Vancouver 100,000 Poets for Change

The past week brought climate change awareness back into the spotlight with the Peoples' Climate March in NYC and the 2014 UN Climate Summit held on September 23 in New York.

Artists and authors are among those working to send a message about climate change. Mary Woodbury, owner of Moon Willow Press--which promotes climate change literature and art at --announces the results of a climate change short story contest, with Robert Sassor winning with his story "First Light". The contest began in June and ended August 30, 2014. has cataloged climate change novels for over a year, creating a database of more than 220 novels (with more on the horizon) with eco-, science-, and speculative fiction that have environmental themes. It has also newly created an artists and authors discussion group at Google+. The climate change story event was its first contest, and the submissions were overwhelming. The rules were pretty simple: craft a short story about climate change. There were also language and word count guidelines. Sending a nature photo in established bonus points.

Mary said, "Out of dozens of entries, I selected just over 20 stories to be presented at the website in a multimedia presentation, which includes photos set to music. I was struck especially by Robert Sassor's piece, though other stories by JL Morin, Craig Spence, Rachel May, Anneliese Schultz, and John Atcheson recieved an honorable mention. I also enjoyed reading climate stories from authors in other countries such as Spain, Germany, Nigeria, and Cambodia." The final presentation starts Saturday, September 27 at

The contest is a collaboration with 100,000 Poets for Change, which happens in hundreds of cities simultaneously on September 27, bringing together poets, authors, and artists working for peace and sustainability. Mary has run the event in the past few years in Vancouver and has chosen projects such as an anti-pipeline poetry reading at the Carnegie Centre, a beach cleanup at False Creek, and an Earthwalk around Stanley Park. This year she opened the contest to Vancouver authors at first but decided that since climate change is a global problem, it would provide a more genuine perspective to allow everyone a chance to submit a short story.

The winner, Robert Sassor, from Portland, Oregon, said it was quite an honor to receive first prize. Robert studied English at Willamette University and has a history of incredible leadership in creative writing and environmental issues, including his work in conservation planning in Tanzania at the Jane Goodall Institute. 

For more information please contact:

Mary Woodbury Owner
Moon Willow Press

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