CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. Nominations are welcome from anyone, including readers, authors and publishers.
Presented each year during the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Reed Awards recognize outstanding writing on the southern environment in two categories: the Book Category for works of nonfiction (not self-published) and the Journalism Category for newspaper, magazine and online writing published by a recognized institution such as a news organization, university or nonprofit group.
There are three options for submitting entries: electronic copy, hard copy, or a website link to where the submission is available for sale. Hard copy submissions will not be returned.
The Reed Awards celebrate writers who achieve both literary excellence and extraordinary insight into the South’s natural heritage and environmental challenges. This year, New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl received the book award for Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, published by Milkweed Editions. Megan Mayhew Bergman, a faculty member at Middlebury College and director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, received the journalism award for “Climate Changed,” a series on southern attitudes toward climate change published by The Guardian.
Other recent winners include:
Reed Award winners are selected by a national panel of judges that includes leading environmental writers, journalists and advocates. The awards honor the late Phillip D. Reed, a distinguished attorney, a committed environmental activist and a founding trustee of the Southern Environmental Law Center.
For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With more than 80 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region. www.SouthernEnvironment.org