About the Reed Environmental Writing Award

SELC’s annual Reed Environmental Writing Award has two categories: Book, for non-fiction books (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine and online articles. Entries must be at least 1,000 words; published in the year ending September 30, 2023, and pertain to the environment in at least one of the six states in SELC’s region (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). Prizes of $2,500 are awarded to the winner in each category. Our panel of judges includes some of the top environmental writers, journalists and advocates of our time.

Mission of 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. 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.

Phil Reed

SELC founding trustee, talented attorney and committed environmental advocate; 1946-1993.