Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Award 2022 [Cash Prizes Available]: Submit by Oct 31: Expired

The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting entries for the 2022 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Award. 

About Southern Environmental Law Center

Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is the largest 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization in the Southern region, with more than 80 attorneys and 75 staff members working at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the environment and health of the Southeast. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, SELC has nine offices in six states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The organization also has an office on Capitol Hill.

About the Award

SELC created the Reed Environmental Writing Award in 1994 to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the South’s natural treasures and to recognize and encourage the writers who most effectively tell the stories about the region’s environment.

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The award is named for SELC founding trustee Phil Reed, a talented attorney and committed environmental leader who believed deeply in the power of writing to change hearts and minds.

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.

Reed Award Judges
  • SELC is grateful to the writers, journalists and environmental advocates who generously volunteer their time and talent to serve as judges for the Reed Environmental Writing Award. Judges for the 2021 contest were:  
    • Bruz Clark
    • Deborah Cramer
    • Jim Detjen 
    • Scott Gast
    • David George Haskell
    • Jay Leutze
    • Bill McKibben
    • Rick Montague
    • Janisse Ray
    • Charles Seabrook
    • Paul Sloan
Submission Process
  • 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.
  • For the journalism category, minimum length is 3,000 words per entry. Awards are given to an individual writer or are shared among co-writers.
  • Entries must relate to the natural treasures or environmental challenges in at least one of SELC’s states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.
  • Journalism entries may be a single article, a series on one topic, or a collection on unrelated topics, as long as each article pertains to the environment in one of the six states listed above. The entry as a whole must meet the minimum word length. Entries must be accompanied by a digital version (URL, email, or CD) to verify word length.
Who can Participate?

Nominations from anyone, including authors and publishers.

  • 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.
Selection Process
  • The primary judging criterion is the quality of writing.
  • Entries are due October 31, 2021, and must have been published between September 30, 2020, and October 1, 2021.
How to Submit?
  • Interested candidates can attach an electronic copy of your submission (64MB limit on uploads) or provide a link by clicking here.
  • If this is not available, please send one hard copy to Reed Writing Award Administrator / SELC, 201 W. Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902 .
  • Please note that hard copies will not be returned.
Submission Deadline

October 31, 2021

Contact Details
  • Alexis Bishop: 434-977-4090
  • Address: Southern Environmental Law Center: 201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5065

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