Penguin Classics, UCS Team-Up on Thoreau Climate Book

Writers and photographers hoping to claim some real estate in an upcoming online and hard-cover book celebrating Henry David Thoreau and focusing on climate change have until just November 15 to submit their entry.

The planned 2009 release of Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming is being undertaken by Penguin Classics in cooperation with the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy organization. “We believe the readers of our classic literature are concerned about global warming and will be interested in sharing their voices, photos, and inspiration for this project,” said Penguin Classics Executive Editor Elda Rotor in a statement.

Those submitting winning entries shouldn’t expect to get rich from their work, as they’ll be compensated with a limited edition print copy of the book and “invited to participate” in book promo activities.

Essays to be submitted should be first-person accounts of 200 to 500 words on global warming effects in “their life or the world around them.” Information on the project is available at http://www.ucsusa.org/americanstories.org.

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