Submit an application for the Philipp D. Reed Environmental Writing Award 2022, for a chance to win a cash prize of $2500.
Application Deadline: October 31 2021
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In the long, proud tradition of southern literature, writers have often drawn on the region’s unique natural treasures for inspiration and insight—from the haunting cypress swamps of Georgia to the tall mountains of western North Carolina to the rolling fields of the Virginia piedmont.
As the South grows and changes, writers are increasingly exploring our relationship with these natural riches and the challenges they face in this time of transition, and SELC’s Reed Environmental Writing Award honors the best of these storytellers.
SELC’s annual Reed Environmental Writing Award seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the South’s natural treasures by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the region’s environment.
There are two categories for entries: Book, for works of nonfiction (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university, or nonprofit organization.
The primary judging criterion is the quality of writing. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner in each category. Winners will be invited to read from their winning entry at a special SELC event during the Virginia Festival of the Book, held every March in Charlottesville, Va.
Paul Bolster received the Reed Award for Saving the Georgia Coast: A Political History of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act in the book category.
Tony Bartelme of The Post and Courier in Charleston received the Reed Award in the journalism category for his in-depth reporting on South Carolina’s coastal environment, including communities where the damaging impacts of climate change are happening now.
Margaret Renkl received the award in the Book category for Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.
Megan Mayhew Bergman received the award in the Journalism category for “Climate Changed,” a series on southern attitudes toward climate change published by The Guardian.
Earl Swift won in the Book category for Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island.
John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire of the Alabama Media Group won in the Journalism category for coverage of a public corruption scandal aimed at shielding companies from the expense of cleaning up pollution in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the North Birmingham area.
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