Reed Environmental Writing Award

Congratulations to our 2024 Reed Award winners.

Through their work, winners Emily Strasser, David Folkenflik, Mario Ariza, and Miranda Green demonstrate the power of writing to capture some of the most important environmental issues facing Southern communities.

Reed Award Winners 2024

The first 300 event registrants receive a free copy of Emily Strasser’s award winning book.

Our 2024 Reed Award Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News national correspondent and author of the upcoming book Before It’s Gone Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change in Small-Town America, will be this year’s featured speaker. Vigliotti’s book is a character-driven and shocking up-close look at the way climate change is affecting America, right now, and a call to action to protect the people and places we stand to lose if nothing is done to preserve our planet.

Come celebrate this year’s best enviromental writing.

You’re invited to join us for an award ceremony being held virtually (the in-person portion has SOLD OUT) to honor this year’s winners, as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 5 p.m. on March 22, 2024, in the CODE Building, located at 225 West Water Street on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event will also be streamed online.

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.

Meet our distinguished panel of judges.