Reed Environmental Writing Award

About the award

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.

Looking ahead to the 2023 Reed Award

Meet our 2023 Phil Reed Environmental Writing Award finalists.

Our 2022 award winners

Congratulations to our 2022 Reed Award winners whose writing brings to light the public health calamity unfolding in rural Alabama due to neglected sewage infrastructure.

2022 Reed Environmental Writing Award

Watch the 2022 ceremony featuring Catherine Coleman Flowers, Alexis Okeowo, and Michael Mann.

Look back at the past winners of the Reed Environmental Writing Award.


Meet the writers, journalists, and environmental advocates who generously volunteer their time and talent to serve as judges for the Reed Environmental Writing Award.

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Learn more about the contest requirements.